What did ‘common land’ mean to the English countryside peasant?
How far is it correct to say that the common land was essential for the survival of the poor?
- All villagers had access to the commons.
- Here, they pastured their cows and grazed their sheep.
- They collected fuelwood for fire and berries and fruits for food.
- They fished in the rivers and ponds and hunted rabbits in common forests.
- For the poor, the common land was essential for survival.
- It supplemented their meagre income, sustained their cattle and helped them during bad times when crops failed.