Hilly Laine?

“The land beneath what is now known as ‘Hanoverwas once open arable fields and downland, intersected by pathways and bridleways to Lewes and Rottingdean. At the top of the hill was Tennantry Sheep Down, runnning up from the Level was Hilly Laine and Islingword Laine. The fields, called Laines, were divided into furlongs, and subdivided for cultivation into paul pieces, which ran along the hillside to reduce erosion and soil slip.”

Living near to the top of the fifth furlong is a steep daily hike, but you get used to it.  It is a good place and has a good view. I like the history, and the sense of people struggling to conquer or accomodate this incline over the centuries.

(Image and italic text from ‘Hilly Laine to Hanover’ Brighton Books)

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