Enclosure awards are legal documents recording the ownership and distribution of land. They may detail land owned by Churches and Schools, as well as roads, rights of way, drainage, land boundaries, different types of land tenure and liability to tithe.
The Awards book was produced in 1803, it was part of the national enclosures process and is an accurate record of the area and the people who lived here and its associated maps give a comprehensive break down of land division including the land utilisation and specific practices used specifically by the Parish.
The Tithe book was produced circa 1900 and identifies who used the strips, how much they were charged and gives a good insight into the local history.
The Awards are important documents which have been widely used over the years and due to their age have started to deteriorate. The Parish Council identified the problems with deterioration and over the past several years have taken measures and specialist advice to ensure that the information is safeguarded and the books, which are secured in a large safe are kept in an appropriate environment. The Parish Council have also procured a display case and map box to enable the books to be displayed outside of their normal location in a safe and suitable environment.
Parts of the book can be seen below, along with the Haxey Parish transcript and maps of the area.
The Enclosure Book
Maps of the Area