There were many common land disputes in medieval times, here are two examples from the Lancashire Assize Rolls, which can be seen translated here.
Lancashire Assize Rolls
In the time of Henry III, Alice de(of) Liverseg (now Liversedge) won cases related to common land in Hundersfield (a township of Rochdale parish).
Who was Alice?
Alice was the daughter of Robert of Liversedge a co-owner of the Manor of Whitworth, but where were they based? Liversedge is in West Yorkshire. So here we have someone based inYorkshire, holding part of the manor of Whitworth, in Rochdale’s Spotland township also holding land in the adjacent township of Hundersfield also in Rochdale.
This shows how complex the landholding was in Rochdale, even at this time.
Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey
References to common land often used the term “communi pastura” and example is shown below, which refers to common land near Withens (Harewyhnes) Bagden (recorded as Bikeden), between Whitworth and the area today known as Rooley Moor.
This post will outline references to common land, and related legal disputes.