A Royal Warren or Picturesque Rambles in the Isle of Purbeck

A Royal Warren or Picturesque Rambles in the Isle of Purbeck

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...agricultural labourers; but of this perhaps only a native of the place can correctly judge. Landowners the quarriers never seem to have been--rather "squatters" on the property of others. Their quarries are not freeholds, but held by a customary tenure, if by any tenure at all. In conversation they will put forward the most extravagant claims to rights of entering on any man's land and working stone thereon, which they state to have been conferred by an apocryphal royal charter. But as a matter of fact, the extent and incidents of the custom were denned so far back as the year 1788, in an action against one of their body, at Dorchester, and in practice the present system of quarry-holding is the following: --A man wishing to open a new quarry goes to the landowner and asks permission to do so on a given spot. Permission obtained, he sets to work digging the shaft, and deposits the rubbish around its mouth, where he also builds the sheds and erects his capstan. Then his tenure is perpetual, so long as he does not omit to work the quarry for the space of a year and a day, and regularly pays the customary dues, which are calculated by the ton, the foot run, or the square foot, according to the description of worked stone. Of course, the deposit of the rubbish round the quarry mouth destroys the surfacesoil, and for this reason landowners have always objected to the system, especially as they were by no means certain of their dues, --which, moreover, are very small. But the farmers it suited very well, for the amount paid by a dozen quarriers for the carting of their stone would often alone pay the annual rent of a farm. And as many of the landowners in the neighbourhood were usually absentees, quarries were opened on their land without their...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632095
  • 9781236632098