1701The town voted that new householders would not automatically be granted a right to common land.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Land Ownership, City Government

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Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, p. 33.

By the beginning of the 18th century, much of the land in Gloucester was owned by individuals, although there was a significant portion of common land that had not been granted. Before 1661, anyone who built a house had a right in the common land. However, regulations surrounding these rights were adjusted over time both by the General Court and the town meeting members. A committee was later chosen to hear all the claims to common land, and a list of 112 rights was recorded. Some commoners held more than one right.

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up. Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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