In this case the fences I am considering are on the boundary between a highway and the adjacent plots of land. I think it unlikely that the highway authority would have taken over responsibility for fencing. The highway was allotted a separate plot of land from the adjacent plots and has remained separate ever since, with no identified owner. The Inclosure Awards required the landholders to fence their land within a period of six months but I have not been able to discover any reference to the maintenance of the fences thereafter.
Thanks. I will check the Act itself.