"Custom was the keystone of life. . . . the underlying deep continuity that represents the nature of England itself. . . .
"The ancient roads, the witnesses of prehistoric life and travel, still persisted in the medieval landscape. But they were joined by other highways in the historical period. Many winding lanes between farmstead and farmstead, many sunken hollow - ways leading to the village, deep - set and drowsy on a summer afternoon, were constructed in the twelfth century" (7, 119).
from Foundation: The History of England
From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors
by Peter Ackroyd, British cultural historian (b 1949)
From Auntie Margaret's to Auntie Tina's
Almost to Grim & Gram's
Out for a Walk
Down the Back Lane