Common land subject to rights, were of vital importance to the local community, providing 'housebote', firebote, hedgebote and estovers' used for house repairs, fuel and fencing.
Swansea was subject to the 'Enclosure Act' of the 18th century, where previous farm land was built upon and expanded to rural landscapes. It finally ended in the early years of the 19th century. Today, apart from the unfenced land used for grazing surrounding Swansea, which has not changed for centuries, common land is hidden. It is surrounded by houses and neglected by the public.
Intrigued by the different aspects of these commons, which I had not come across in other European countries, I decided to document them. I found as I worked in these environs the spaces evoked a disquiet in my subconscious.