La Cerne

A smallholding belonging to the Birstye family may be recorded here. A little isolated portion of the pre-Conquest Manor of Plumpton Boscage lay somewhere to the south of Upper Lodge, along the field way to Birstye and separated from the other portions of the same manor in Ardingly. It appears first as La Cerne or La Serne, and then deteriorates into “Sterne als Strains”, an instance of the alteration of names through ignorance of their meaning.

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