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Brave CommunityThe Digger Movement in the English Revolution$
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John Gurney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061028

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061028.001.0001

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Parish, community and social relations in Cobham

Parish, community and social relations in Cobham

(p.1) Chapter 1 Parish, community and social relations in Cobham
Brave Community

John Gurney

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes the Parish community and social relations in Cobham. The parish of Cobham, where the Digger movement had its origins, was a large, irregularly shaped parish of a little under 5,300 acres, with a population in 1649 of around five hundred. The northern parts of the parish lay principally on Bagshot sands, while London clay predominated in the south. Cobham had a dispersed pattern of settlement, and this was reflected in the administrative division between the three things of Church Cobham, Street Cobham and Downside. The holdings of customary tenants in Cobham typically included scattered parcels of land in the common arable fields and more substantial parcels of old enclosed ground, as well as more recent encroachments from then commons and wastes. Cobham's tenants had experienced prolonged periods of conflict with their manorial lords and uncertainties over the future ownership and control of their manor.

Keywords:   Parish community, social relations, Digger movement, manorial lords, Cobham, customary tenants, parish of Cobham

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