A Village in Sussex: The History of Kingston-Near-Lewes by Charles Cooper

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By Charles Cooper

During this superbly crafted historical past, Charles Cooper explores the advance of the marketplace city Kingston-near-Lewes, from the time of the Norman conquest to the top of the 19th century, interpreting how its medieval previous formed the borders and limits of its current.

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It is just north of the village street. In both furlongs the lands of different manors abut one another in a more or less random manner. A word of warning though: the lands of Hyde Manor are considerably over-represented in these furlongs, since the data on which the maps are based were drawn mainly from the survey of Hyde Manor. 2. Let us return to it. 1600 Manor Swanborough: Yardland or Farm Name (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) Iford: Kingston: Hyde: Houndean: (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) No.

Certainly not all the manors had direct interests in the ordering of the agricultural year in the village. As far as the lords of Swanborough, Iford and Houndean were concerned, the village lands were a source of labour and rents at levels that were largely determined by custom. Village decisions would have no effect at all on the way they used their own demesnes, unless villagers made such disastrous decisions about their own cultivation that they turned up for work malnourished or actually died of starvation.

Some seem to derive from landmarks and places in the fields: the Mill furlong, the Meadow Spotts, Well Croft furlong in Mill Laine; Footway, Highway and Brooks furlongs in Swanborough; the Home Furlongs next to the village; the lovely Greystones and Combe furlongs in West Laine. Others took their names from their shapes or particular relationships to other spaces – ‘Between the Links’ in Mill Laine, Winding furlong and the Shelf in the West Laine. Still others had names whose meanings are unclear today: the Lagg furlong, for example, or Sneadnore (commemorated still as the name of an undistinguished piece of tarred road).

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