Keys to the Past

Glossary

Deerpark; Deer park

A place where deer are enclosed by a high wall or fence with a wide ditch on the inside. This would allow deer to jump in - but not out. This allowed the hunting of deer especially, though boars, wolves and wild cattle might also be hunted. Deerparks in the Medieval period required a licence from the monarch. This was called the Right of Saltory. As such deerparks were major status symbols of wealth and influence. Deerparks might also contain shelters for humans called hunting lodges and the deer in winter, as at Auckland castle in the 1760s AD. Less emphasis was placed on hunting in the Post-Medieval parks - but the deer were still enclosed to add natural interest.

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