of these old property divisions could be made.
In these two divisions of 1681 and 1685 the common land was laid out in ranges, running nearly north and south, and of forty rods' width, with rangeways or streets between them, eighty rods, or one-quarter of a mile apart, the ranges being sub-divided into lots.
The rangeways, though spoken of in the record of 1681 as being twenty-four feet in width, are later recorded, with one exception, as being two rods wide, and so remained until after Somerville became a separate town.
The rangeways east of the Powder House were known by numbers from one to eight, and corresponded with the following present streets.
The first rangeway was Franklin street; the second Cross and Shawmut streets, which was laid out three rods wide, being the exception heretofore noticed; it was called Three Pole Lane, and was known by this name within the memory of the writer.
The third rangeway was Walnut street; the fourth, School street; the fifth, Cen