| Commentary

12.2 Common rights

| Commentary

12.2 Common rights

In the past, under the open field system, much arable land was subject to rights of common1. Over the centuries almost all such land has been enclosed, and cases of farmland subject to such rights are extremely rare. It is, however, prudent to make a search2 of the register of common land held by the county council under the Commons Registration Act 1965. On the other hand, farms often have the benefit of rights of common over open areas of common land. These can be very valuable and many farms, particularly in Wales

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