Chase (land)

In the United Kingdom a chase is a type of common land used for hunting to which there are no specifically designated officers and laws, but there are reserved hunting rights for one or more persons. Similarly, a Royal Chase is a type of Crown Estate by the same description, but where certain rights are reserved for a member of the British Royal Family. Chases and Royal Chases are beneath the status of forests and Royal Forests respectively.

A chase to which are attached particular officers and laws are properly called forests; The so-called deer forests in Scotland are properly speaking chases, and Cannock Chase in Staffordshire was properly a Royal Forest., although it was contiguous with a hunting area around Beaudesert originally belonging to the Bishop of Lichfield, which actually was a chase. Examples of chases in England include the Wyre Forest that straddles the border of Worcestershire and Shropshire, Malvern Chase in Worcestershire, and Pensnett Chase near Dudley.

The Victoria County History describes a chase as:

like a forest, uninclosed, and only defined by metes and bounds; but it could be held by a subject. Offences committed therein were, as a rule, punishable by the common law and not by forest jurisdiction.

Famous quotes containing the word chase:

    I’ve really never accepted the idea that a woman can’t do whatever the hell it is she wants.
    —Sylvia Chase (b. 1938)