The Enclosure Award


Huckin Family

The Kingham Enclosure Award was announced on Christmas Eve, 1850. Is it coincidence that the Huckins disappeared from Kingham between 1844 and 1851?

Lainchbury provides a map "traced from the Enclosure Award chiefly to show the main buildings. Some buildings have therefore been omitted and a few items added which may, or may not, have been in existence in 1850."

Click on the map at right for a larger readable version.

The map shows the village of Kingham as it looked in 1850 still looks today. Very little has changed. Plot 92, roughly in the middle, is identified by Lainchbury as "John Huckin's Homestead."

Another book, Kingham Old and New, by W. Warde Fowler (1913) devotes a chapter to Kingham's Enclosure. Fowler argues that enclosure was very fair and nobody was hurt. Read Fowler's Chapter 3 (Adobe pdf format).

Fowler relies partly on the book The Village Labourer, by J. L. and Barbara Hammond (1911, republished 1920). The full text is available on the internet; I applied some formatting and saved it in pdf format. You can download the entire book (zipped Word file), or read chapter-by-chapter.

Another excellent (i.e., "Scholarly") resource is Common Land and Inclosure by E.C.K. Gonner. It was reprinted in 1966 by Frank Cass & Co., Ltd. and is still in print and available from their website. The publisher kindly provided permission to reprint the Introduction to the Second Edition by G.E. Minay. (Note: 1.9 MB pdf - it's a big file!). The Introduction gives an outstanding review of the body of literature existent in the early 1900s and is highly recommended for any student of English history.

Kingham map - The Environs of Kingham.gif (493563 bytes)This map shows where Kingham is located, and its relationship to surrounding villages (from Fowler). It's over 400 kb in size so if you have a slow connection it may take a while to download. If you save it to disk by right-clicking on the image at left then choosing "save target to disk" you can print the map from your photo software. It should fill an 8-1/2 x 11 inch (A4) page with all detail readable.

The British Census of 1851 lists no Huckins in Kingham. And we can see from birth records that Thomas Huckin was in Kingham in December 1843, Enstone in 1846, and Bampton (home of his wife Eliza Higgins) in 1847-1852. I don't have records for the descendants of John Huckin (born 1811 in Kingham), the eldest child.

The Census of 1841 lists only Elizabeth Huckin (age 50, her husband John having died earlier in the year), Thomas, and Anne. Where is John (born 1811)? Two other youths are also listed living with the Huckins: George Watson (age 18) and Harriett Bridge (age 15). I think the notations indicate them to be servants.

The 1851 census from Bampton lists Thomas Huckin as an "Innkeeper."

I'll add to this page as I develop more information.


Return to the Huckin home ("The Laurels")

Read about the Kingham church

See the Huckin descendancy