[Talk-GB] Common Land has stopped rendering

Edward Catmur ecatmur at googlemail.com
Sat Mar 16 13:12:27 UTC 2019

We map what is, not what was. The historical context is interesting but is
largely irrelevant for deciding what is and is not a common in current UK

You're correct to bring up access, though. To me the simplest rule of thumb
is that a park is fenced, allowing the authorities to control access, while
a common is unfenced allowing anyone to access it at any time.

On Sat, 16 Mar 2019, 13:05 David Woolley, <forums at david-woolley.me.uk>

> On 16/03/2019 12:54, Edward Catmur via Talk-GB wrote:
> > Perhaps leisure=park, park=common?
> I think any use of common for such a feature fails to understand the
> historical and political context of commons (one still referenced by the
> Creative Commons licenses).
> "Common" was about ownership rather than about being a type of landuse.
> Incidentally, most "public" parks actually have permissive access, not
> public access.  I'm not sure if a real common would have public access,
> or whether it would be restricted to the local community.  (Creative
> Commons generalisation to intellectual property assumes public access.)
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