Not Burke and Hare but Burke and Marx and Bathurst

Horatio, the Humble Wayfarer, musing to self:

‘On the assumption that when Cirencester Park was formed, the path connecting Bisley and Cirencester was closed by the Bathurst Estate, then I suppose we can define that as an example of enclosure.

But we now see another example of a form of enclosure with the charging of admission to Cirencester Park.

So, I suppose what we see here is a sort of

Enclosure of Enclosure.

But how, in God’s name, can you enclose

What has already been enclosed?’



Horatio, the Humble Wayfarer at the gates:

Enclosure of Enclosure

What is this?


Post-modernist self-referential enclosure?

A seemingly logical impossibility?

A contradiction?

A paradox?

An existential, epistemological, ontological impossibility?

Alice through the Looking Glass?’


Humble Gatekeeper:

‘No, mate. Not Alice. But Bathurst through the Looking Glass.

£4 please. Or a tenner if you’re a local and want a permit.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’


Horatio, the Humble Wayfarer:

‘What. You mean … The end of the Edmund Burke vision of the Tory paternalistic hierarchical society?

No more:

‘The rich man at his castle,

The poor man at his gate,

God made them high and lowly

And ordered their estate.’

Instead, you refer to dialectical materialism and Marxism?

And, by implication, a conflict of class?’


Humble Gatekeeper:

‘That’s right, mate.

Four quid please.

And I give you this ditty:

The rich are in their castle,

Admiring their estate,

No more frees on entry,

The poor pay at the gate.’