The resort of thieves

HISTORIAN John Houghton once told Rouser that the Lewes word twitten, meaning narrow lane, is a corruption of the expression ‘betwixt and between’. You learn something new every day.

Keere Street, an up-market twitten in modern times, once had the dubious reputation of being a resort of thieves, vagabonds and drunkards.

The earliest reference to the street is in a deed dated 1272...‘The path called Kerestrete’. The name may have originated from the Saxon word ‘cerre’, meaning winding or sloping.