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Who Owns England?  How We Lost Our Green & Pleasant Land & How to Take It Back  Guy Shrubsole 2019.  William Collins

The Book of Trespass  Nick Hayes   2020.  Bloomsbury

Land for the Many: Changing the way our fundamental asset is used, owned and governed Independent report commissioned by the Labour Party 2019

Who Owns Britain?  Kevin Cahill  2002.  Canongate Books 

This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for Britain's Countryside  Marion Shoard 1987.  2nd ed.1997

Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership  Andro Linklater  2014  Bloomsbury

The Land Grabbers : The New Fight Over Who owns The Earth  Fred Pearce  2012

Hedge Britannia: A Curious History of a British Obsession Hugh Barker  2012

The Plot: A Biography of my Father’s Acre  Madeleine Bunting  2009

How Much Land Does a Man Need? Leo Tolstoy  1886

Land Law : Directions  Sandra Clarke and Sarah Greer  2008.  Oxford University Press

The Making of the English Landscape  W G Hoskins  1955

Transforming Fell and Valley : Landscape and Parliamentary Enclosure in North West England  Ian Whyte  2003

Political Landscape: The Art History of Nature  Martin Warnke 2013  Reaktion Books

Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition  Ann Birmingham 1987  Thames & Hudson

The Idea of Landscape and the Sense of Place 1730-1840 : An Approach to the Poetry of John Clare  John Barrell 1972  Cambridge University Press

Approaches to Landscape  Richard Muir  1999  Ch 4 Landscape, Politics and Power

Landownership and Power in Modern Europe  Martin Blinkhorn & Ralph Gibson (eds)1991, 2002.

The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market & State  David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (eds)  2013  Levellers Press

Edgelands: Journeys into England's True Wilderness    Michael Symmons Roberts & Paul Farley   Cape 2011

Commoners: common right, enclosure and social change in England 1700-1820  J M Neeson  1993

The Cadastral Map in the Service of the State : A History of Property Mapping  Roger J P Kain  1992

Landscape, Nature And The Body Politic: From Britain’s Renaissance To America’s New World  Kenneth Robert Olwig  2002

England’s Landscape : The North West   Angus Winchester & Alan Crosby  2006

Maps for Family and Local History : The Records of the Tithe, Valuation Office and National Farm Surveys of England and Wales 1836-1943    Geraldine Beech and Rose Mitchell    1994    2nd ed 2004




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Land ownership and rural development in theory and practice: case studies from the north Pennines in the 19th and 20th centuries    Olivia J Wilson   1990   Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

Land ownership in the United Kingdom: Trends, preferences and future challenges   Robert Home  2009  Land Use Policy 26S S103–S108 

Law, Property, and the Geography of Violence: The Frontier, the Survey and the Grid  Nicholas Blomley 2003  Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93(1): 121-141.   


This section was produced in 2015. I have not updated it because it provides an interesting reminder of how few articles there had been on this topic by that date. Coverage has massively increased over the succeeding years.

A Short History of Enclosure in Britain Simon Fairlie.  The Land:  Issue 7 Summer 2009

Who really owns Britain? Kevin Cahill.  Country Life: Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Look who owns Britain: A third of the country STILL belongs to the aristocracy  Tamara Cohen.        Daily Mail: 10 November 2010        

Aristocracy loses countryside to pension funds and National Trust Louise Gray.                              Daily Telegraph   10 November 2010    

The coming battle over land and property  Jason Cowley.  New Statesman:  19 October 2010

Access to Land: Social Class, Activism and the Genealogy of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act  Ben Mayfield. 2010   Statute Land Review  31(1) 63-83

Land reform remains one of the great progressive causes : The government needs to be much more rigorous about taxing wealth and static assets.  New Statesman: Leader: 29 March 2012

Our countryside has once again become a playground for the rich  George Monbiot                           The Guardian: 4 June 2012

That Disturbing Devil  Ferdinand Mount.  Review of: Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership by Andro Linklater  London Review of Books: Vol 36 No9 8 May 2014

No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain George Monbiot.          The Guardian : 3 December 2014

SNP-led Scottish Government unveils radical plans to tackle land ownership inequality   The proposals have been met with dismay by some of Scotland's landowners                                                                        The Independent :  23 June 2015




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