An excerpt from the Act of Enclosure for Helpstone
"AND be it further Enacted, That no Horses, Beasts, Asses, Sheep, Lambs, or other Cattle, shall at any Time within the first Ten Years after the said Allotments shall be directed to be entered upon by the respective Proprietors thereof, be kept in any of the public Carriage Roads or Ways to be set out and fenced off on both Sides, or Laned out in pursuance of this Act."
So at a stroke, no poor man - without an 'allotment' - could graze his stock on the newly enclosed land. Pauperised at the stroke of the Parliamentary pen, largely by the very men who would benefit by the Enclosures. So labourers such as Clare were thrown onto the not so tender mercies of those for whom they worked...
& can ye call it right
Pet MS B6 p166
And pressed with cautious tread the meadow swath,
And always turned to look with wary eye,
And always feared the farmer coming by;
Yet everything about where I had gone
Appeared so beautiful, I ventured on;
And when I gained the road where all are free
I fancied every stranger frowned at me,
And every kinder look appeared to say,
“You've been on trespass in your walk to-day.”
I've often thought, the day appeared so fine,
How beautiful if such a place were mine;
But having naught I never feel alone
And cannot use another's as my own.