estovers


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estovers

(ɛˈstəʊvəz)
pl n
(Law) law a right allowed by law to tenants of land to cut timber, esp for fuel and repairs
[C15: from Anglo-French, plural of estover, n use of Old French estovoir to be necessary, from Latin est opus there is need]
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Traditional common rights such as pannage, estovers, and piscary may no longer be possible, but common right makes an uncanny return in Clare's mole-like poetry that continues to perform an ethics of multispecies commoning both frightening in its precariousness and threatening in its resilience.
Assart of the forest, rights of agistment, rights of pannage, estovers of fire, house, cart or hedge, rush, fern, gorze and sedge rights, rights to searwood, to windfalls, to dotards, rights of lops and tops--in all, the overlapping vocabulary of natural and social relations recall a forgotten world, easily romanticized by those first criticizing the simplicities of meum et tuum.
12) Rejuvenating long-held common rights of estovers (collecting wood for fuel), piscary (fishing rights) and grazing may seem distant to modern life, but some of these could well become of pressing practical use once more.