By Charles Cooper
During this superbly crafted historical past, Charles Cooper explores the improvement of the marketplace city Kingston-near-Lewes, from the time of the Norman conquest to the tip of the 19th century, analyzing how its medieval previous formed the borders and limits of its current.
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Extra resources for A Village in Sussex: The History of Kingston-Near-Lewes
Horselong Furlong lay in West Laine at its western frontier with the downland. 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.
This gives a ‘photograph’ of the manors – a description at a particular point in time, which, however, is good enough to permit inferences about earlier times. The way land was divided between manors was a constant in village life, certainly after Elizabeth’s reign and in all likelihood for many centuries before. 2 shows the way Kingston yardlands in the open fields were divided between manors. It is based on a good deal of detective work, the sources for which 55 are given in the notes. There were lands of no fewer than five manors in the village.
There was a duality about the naming of land, which was a natural outcome of the field system. The names of fields and furlongs, obviously, were a way of indicating their location. But they were not very helpful when it came to describing a person’s landholding, which consisted of strips in various locations. Consequently, these individual landholdings or parcels of strips were also given names – yardland names. Many of the yardland names used in the eighteenth century were old. A whole group of them took the names of their Elizabethan or pre-Elizabethan Tudor owners.
A Village in Sussex: The History of Kingston-Near-Lewes by Charles Cooper