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The charter—20 years on

November 24, 2013

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Twenty years ago this month the Open Spaces Society published its Charter for Open Spaces.  The peg was, in 1993, the 400th anniversary of the first Act of Parliament to protect open spaces.

The 1593 Act was ‘for restraint of new buildings, converting of great houses into several tenements and for restraint of inmates and enclosures in and near unto the Cities of London and Westminster’.  The Act made it unlawful ‘to inclose or take in any part of the commons or waste grounds, situate, lying or being within three miles of any of the gates of the said city of London …’.

It was also the centenary of one of Octavia Hill’s many speeches about open spaces.  She was an early committee member of the Commons Preservation Society, as the OSS was then known.  In 1893 she said: ‘It remains the hardest of all things to get either workers…

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