THE TOMBLAND ALLEY



Readers are reminded by NIGEL PENNICK of this feature in Norwich, which he recorded in Lines on the Landscape, by Pennick and Devereux (Hale, 1989). He points out that the name is very evocative. It passes via an opening underneath a medieval timber-frame building across the street called Tombland, through the cathedral precinct gatehouse, to the northwest door of the cathedral. Pennick also draws attention to a series of lanes aligned upon the church at Ashwell, Hertfordshire. I note that Enid Porter in The Folklore of East Anglia (Batsford, 1974) claims that most funerals in the region were 'walking' ones, and the idea of the carriage of a corpse creating a right of way was prevalent.

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