PARK. An extent of ground enclosed with walls or palisades, and stored with beasts of chase. It is not, however, every field or common which a gentleman pleases to surround with a wall, and to stock with deer, that is thereby made a legal park; for the king's grant, or at least immemorial prescription, is necessary to such purpose. To constitute a park three things are requisite:—1. A grant thereof. 2. Enclosure by pale, wall, or hedge. S. Beasts of a park, such as the buck, doe, Sec. And when all the deer are destroyed, it shall no more be accounted a park: for a park consists of vert, venison, and enclosure ; and if it is determined in any of them, it is a total disparking. Parks as well as chases are subject to the common law, and are not governed by the forest law. The seats of our principal men of rank and fortune possess very many noble specimens of enclosures of this kind, among which may be enumerated those of Blenheim, Bowood, Donnington, Knole, Stowe, &c. Among the royal demesnes, Windsor Park stands proudly preeminent; and is, indeed, one of the noblest in Europe, and every way worthy to encircle the castle of an English monarch.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835
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