The concept of a piece of land attaining the status of a town or village green1 by virtue of 20 years' use by local inhabitants for the purposes of lawful sports and pastimes2 was introduced by the Commons Registration Act 19653 and continues to be embodied in the definition of 'town or village green' for registration purposes4.
The 20 years' use must be as of right5 and, although the users are not required to have any subjective belief in the existence of that right6, any deferral to the rights of the
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