John Sawyer 1803

John Sawyer stakes his claim for Oddington common land

Journals of the House of Commons, Volume 46, p 201 1803

   A Petition of John Sawyer, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Oddington, in the County of Oxford, and owner of a very great Part of the Lands and Grounds within the said Manor and Parish of Oddington, aforesaid, was presented to the House and read: setting forth, That there are, within the said Manor and Parish, certain Open Common Fields, Commons, Waste, and other Commonable Lands or Grounds (besides Part of a Common called Otmoor) belonging to the Petitioner and others, which, in their present Situation, are very inconvenient, and incapable of any considerable Improvement, but if divided into specific Shares and Allotments, and inclosed, would be very advantageous to the several Persons interested therein: And therefore praying that Leave may be given to bring in a Bill for dividing and inclosing the said Open Common Fields, Commons, Waste and other Commonable Lands or Grounds (except the Common called Otmoor) under such Regulations as to the House shall seem met.

Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, pursuant to the Prayer of the said Petition: And that Mr John Pitt, and Mr Vansittart do prepare, and bring in, the same.