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  • "'As for the law, God help us: every manor is a law to itself, and the courts always say consuetudo loci est observanda... And the consuetudos differ amazingly, and always have, from one manor to another. Even in Woolcombe Common and Simmon's Lea, which almost touch, the commons of piscary and of estovers are quite unlike, and here in Simmon's Lea there is no common of turbary at all. Then there are all sorts of other rights, like bite of grass and fire-bote, hey-bote and house-bote, underwood, sweepage and so on, different from parish to parish but all strictly ruled by custom time out of mind and giving a man a place in the village...'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 32

    March 19, 2008