Enclosure - the Award or Instrument

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The document that sanctioned enclosure within Sprowston.

Award or Instrument in writing of William Foster of the City of Norwich, of Norfolk, Gentleman. John Dugmore of Swaffham in the County of Norfolk, Gentleman. Henry Burton of Langley in the same County, Gentleman. Commissioners named and appointed in and by an Act of Parliament passed in the fortieth year of the reign of His present Majesty King George the Third, (1800).

Entitled “An Act for dividing and allotting and inclosing the Commons and Waste Grounds within the said Parish of Sprowston in the County of Norfolk”.

First we the said Commissioners do hereby Certify and declare to all as whom it may concern. That in pursuance of the said Act and according to the directions thereof notice in a writing of the time and place of our first and every other meeting for the execution of the said Act. Hath been inserted in the Newspapers called the Norfolk Chronicle and the Norwich Mercury or in one of them Eight days before every such meeting, our meetings by adjournment excepted, and that each of us the said William Foster, John Dugmore and Henry Burton are in pursuance of and in obedience to the directions of the said Act, take and subscribe the Oath therein directed to so by us respectively taken and subscribed before we proceeded to act in the execution of the said Act except in appointing our first meeting under the same and administering the said Oath to each other, and we do hereby further certify that there was laid before us a survey of nearly all the lands and grounds lying within the said Parish of Sprowston, except of the Commons and waste grounds within the said Parish, that the same doth contain the number of messuaged cottaged acred roods and perches statute measure belonging to the said proprietor respectively and that we are fully satisfied of the authenticity of such survey.

And we so also hereby certify that a true and perfect as measurement of all the Commons and Waste Grounds within the said Parish of Sprowston and of such parts of the other Lands and Grounds within the said Parish as are not comprised in the before mentioned Survey hath been made and laid down as a survey or plan by Robert Shastoney of the City of Norwich the ------ Surveyor appointed by us, and that the last mentioned plan or survey doth contain the number of acred roods and perches in statute measure belonging to each proprietor respectively of such parts of the other Lands and Grounds within the said Parish of Sprowston as are not comprised in the said first mentioned survey and hath been verified by the Oath of the said Robert Chastoney.

And that the said Surveys have been used by us on show as occasion hath required. And we the said Commissioners as hereby further certify and declare that we have fully informed outcomes of the Rights of Common and other Rights and all interests whatsoever affecting the said Commons and Waste Grounds. And that we have perused, examined and inspected the said Surveys and have according to the best of our judgements, settled, ascertained and determined the Rights of Common and other rights and interests of the several parties interested in the said Common and Waste Grounds and all other matters and things to writing and rewriting the Division and Allotments thereof and the orders and regulations as those presents contained.

And we the said Commissioners do hereby further certify and declare that we did pursuant to the directions of the said Act, cause notice of our intention to perambulate the Boundaries of the said Parish of Sprowston, to be inserted in the said Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Mercury or one of them, eight days at least before the time of such perambulations. And that after the expiration of the time specified in such notice we did enquire into, set out, ascertain, fix and finally determine the Boundaries of the said Parish of Sprowston and that a description of the said Boundaries was within twenty-one days afterwards inserted in the said Norfolk Chronicle and Norwich Mercury or one of them.

And we do hereby further certify and declare that a description of the said Boundaries is thereinafter set forth, that is to say, the said Boundaries begin at a ffalgate called Denmark`s ffalgate, near Magdalen Chapel, and proceed thence along the Road in a West direction to the South East of an Enclosure of Land called the Lower Marl Pit Close belonging to John Morse the younger Esquire, thense in the same direction across the said Close to an Oak tree in the hedge next the Turnpike Road leading from Norwich to North Walsham, thense along the said Road in a West direction to the Four Cross Ways near to Catton Workhouse, thense in nearly an East direction, across an Enclosure of Land through a cottage in the occupation of Martin Hall and across another Enclosure of Land used as a Brick-Ground, all of them belonging to a Jeremiah Ives Esquire, to a marked tree in the fence of the last mentioned Enclosure, thense in a North West Direction to the said Turnpike Road, and thense about one hundred yards along the said Road towards Norwich, nearly in a South direction, crossing the said Road to a gate at the South East corner of Sprowston Field. The said Boundaries then proceed in a North West direction under the hedge of the said field, and about thirty yards, into an Enclosure of Land belonging to the said Jeremiah Ives; thense in a North East direction to the South East corner of a Plantation of Scotch Firs belonging to the said Jeremiah Ives, thense in nearly the same direction along the East side of the said Plantation to a Nursery belonging to the said Jeremiah Ives in the occupation of George ---------, thense across the said Nursery in nearly the same direction to a corner on the Westside of a field called the North Field, thense along the hedge dividing the said field from the said Nursery to a lane called Catton Lodge Lane, thense along the middle of the said Lane to the South West corner of a small Enclosure of Land called Lacey`s Pightle, thense across the said Pightle in a North East direction to an Ash tree in a Lane leading from Catton towards Sprowston, thense along the said lane in an East direction to the South West corner of an Enclosure of Land called Eighteen Acres, belonging to the said John Morse; thense along the fence of the last mentioned Enclosure in nearly a North direction to the North West corner of an Enclosure of Land called the Ferne ? Belonging to Francis Longe Esquire, thense across an Enclosure of Land called Morsrick? Pightle, to a corner of an Enclosure of Land called Morsrick Breck belonging to the said Francis Longe and thense in an East direction taking in about two acres of the said Breck to a marked tree in the fence; the said Boundaries then continue in a South East direction across an Enclosure of Land called Morsrick Ferne? Belonging to the said Francis Longe and taking in all the Oak trees to a marked tree at the North end of an Enclosure of Land called Beeston Ferne, belonging to the said John Morse and proceed thense in an East direction under the hedge of the last mentioned Enclosure to a corner on the West side of an Enclosure of Land called Walk Close belonging to Thomas Barnes; thense across the last mentioned Enclosure in the same direction by a row of trees to the said Turnpike Road; thense about fifty yards along the said road towards Norwich in a South direction and crossing the said road to the North West corner of an Enclosure of Land called the Wood Close belonging to the said John Morse, thense along the fence in an East direction to a gate in the road leading towards Sprowston Church, thense along the said road in nearly a South direction to the North end of an Enclosure of Land called the Long Close belonging to the said -----------.