Winchester, Angus J. L. and Straughton, Eleanor A. (2010) Stints and sustainability : managing stock levels on common land in England, c.1600-2006. Agricultural History Review, 58 (1). pp. 30-48. ISSN 0002-1490Full text not available from this repository.
Stinting – the numerical limitation of grazing rights – was one of the primary methods for governing livestock numbers on common land in England. This paper charts the growth of stinting, explores the reasons behind its introduction, and considers the role of stinting in sustainable management of grazing reserves and in the evolution of concepts of property rights on common land since the medieval period. It is argued that growing pressure on grazing was only one driver behind the introduction of stinting and that some stinted rights in upland northern England originated in agistment on private forest pastures. The paper also considers the consequences of stinting, one of which was to convert a common right of pasture into a more adaptable, transferable and potentially profitable commodity, which could be severed from the holding to which it originally belonged, breaking a link which lay at the heart of the law on commons.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Agricultural History Review|
|Subjects:||S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)|
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
|Deposited By:||Dr Angus Winchester|
|Deposited On:||01 Jun 2010 11:46|
|Last Modified:||28 Oct 2016 01:37|
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