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Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field

Description
In the early days and continuing into the 20th century, under the townships' Commissioners of Sewers, each group of proprietors of a dyke organized itself for the day-to-day use of the lands and the maintenance of their condition. At annual meetings, the proprietors set the yearly rate for covering the dykeland expenses. They also appointed, from among themselves (it was all voluntary work), assizers to assess the size and value of dyke holdings; field watchers to keep an eye on the condition of the fields and to ensure peace on the dykelands; fence viewers; and drivers to care for the animals feeding on the common fields. Branders were also appointed to brand and otherwise mark the livestock to be allowed on the dykelands after haying or harvest.

From the these two volumes, it would appear that the proprietors of the common field of the Lower Dyke organized themselves in the typical manner. The books detail land values, number of livestock being pastured, and related information.
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Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field

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Dates: 1814 to 1929
Collection: Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field, Archival Catalogue
Type: finding aid

Lower Dyke Common Field record book

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Dates: 1814 to 1865
Collection: Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field
Description: Contains the minutes from the Lower Dyke Common Field Proprietors' meetings from 1814-1865.
Accession Number: 1936.001-LDC/001
Creator: Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field
Type: textual record

Lower Dyke Common Field record book

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Dates: 1865 to 1929
Collection: Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field
Description: Contains the minutes from the Lower Dyke Common Field Proprietors' meetings from 1865-1929.
Accession Number: 1936.001-LDC/002
Creator: Proprietors of the Lower Dyke Common Field
Type: textual record