Sunday 6 March 2011

Old Boat Corner from Scare Hill

Old Boat Corner, defined by the south-west corner of Stanmer woods and always a conspicuous point on Brighton's northern skylines, is now made even more recognisable by the dramatic bridge carrying Ditchling Road over the A27 bypass. Old Boat Corner is said to get its name from a shepherd's hut, formed from an upended boat, which once stood there. Although disputed by some, this seems the most likely explanation. Shepherds were required to be with their flocks 24/7 in the lambing season and such rudimentary accommodation would, in the past, have been a familiar feature of downland sheep farming.

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