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 tip of the 19th century, reading how its medieval prior formed the borders and bounds of its current.
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This remains largely a matter of debate, and we shall simply note two possible lines of explanation. One is that the distribution of strips between furlongs may have facilitated a more flexible use of land. In fact, it opens the way to basing the rotation on the furlong instead of the whole field. Indeed, if furlong rotation were a practice (and it might have been provided sheep could be effectively folded on fallow furlongs), it would require that each landholder should have his strips in as many furlongs as possible, so that if the basic unit of landholding were the yardland, one would expect to find each yardland strip in a different furlong.
While this may not seem very interesting it becomes more so when these ‘extra’ strips of 1773 are located on the map. It turns out that they are all in Mill Laine. It also turns out that they are all to be found in a particular group of furlongs, which are adjacent to one another, lying together in the northwest corner of Mill Laine as Marchant surveyed it. ). Why is this interesting? Simply because it suggests rather convincingly that this group of furlongs was not opened up in 1567 but was added to Mill Laine at some point in the following two centuries.
The core of the Swanborough OPEN FIELDS AND MANORS 25 lands is the central portion of arable made up of two consolidated blocks: one 41 called Swanborough Court Farm and the other called Stuckles. Stuckles was the smaller part and it appears to have been brought together by exchanges of earlier strip lands – in other words by a very early enclosure. Swanborough Court Farm, which covered nearly 200 acres of arable, had been church lands before the dissolution of the monasteries and belonged then to the priory of Lewes.
A Village in Sussex: The History of Kingston-Near-Lewes by Charles Cooper