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Welcome to the history of Nottingham. Nottingham is famed for its links to the legendary of Robin Hood and, during the Industrial Revolution, obtained worldwide recognition for its lace-making, bicycle manufacturing and other industrial products
When George III was crowned king, a very large amount of England was still waste. Estimates vary widely and most of them are very inaccurate but it is probable that round about one-third of theĽ land of England was waste. The fact that the wild boar and the wolf were not finally exterminated until the second half of the seventeenth century is a clear indication of the extent of the waste land, woodland, marsh, and heath.
Even in the neighbourhood of London there were wide open spaces such as Finchley Common and Hounslow Heath as late as 1800. Sherwood Forest, which had changed little since the days of Robin Hood, still covered the greater part of Nottinghamshire and large tracks of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Before the thirteenth century, the cultivated land in England appears to have equalled the cultivated acreage in the nineteenth century, but much was abandoned before the Tudor period. During the reign of George III about six million acres were enclosed, much of it from thewaste. As regards extent, therefore, the enclosure movement between 1760 and 1845 has a claim to be considered as a revolution.