Latin Foris = outside. Where ‘forest laws’ apply.
Countryside of ancient rights and royal license.
Latin boscus, grava, nemorum, subboscus
At the time of Domesday less than 15% of England was
wooded. Domesday references to woodland in Herefordshire
are few and some of those indicate that the woodland had
recently grown on land which presumably had previously
been arable. At Lye and Harewood woodland seems to have
grown on lands devasted during Gruffydd ap Llywelyn great
raid into Herefordshire in 1052.
Woodland was a valuable resource with rights of grazing,
pannage, wood for fuel and repair
Pasture and wood pasture were part
of the ‘internal economy’ of the manor,
wood is in the King’s forest'
called Treville, the villeins living there carried venison
Holme Lacy 'woodland
½ league long and as broad' (about 200 ha)
(Mortimer Forest, now about 40% woodland!)
'There was woodland there for 160 pigs, if it had
waste lands have grown up woods in which Osbern hunts'
'all of this
land has reverted to woodland. It was waste and pays
Much Marcle '58
acres of land assarted from the woodland'
'woodland 3 furlongs long and 1 furlong broad'
(about 10 hectares)