that the public right, if it ever existed, had been lost by long-continued disuse.
When Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler
purchased of Mr. Collins
their estate in Medford
commons they also acquired a right in the landing at the ‘Rocks’ next to John Mirrable
Does not this name suggest the source of the name of Marble brook
Marble must have been a tenant of Mr. Collins
(possibly of Mr. Cradock
also), and no doubt occupied the lands upon the borders of the brook.
There was a landing at Wilson
's point (Wellington
) on Three Mile brook (Malden river
). There is also a landing spoken of in ancient deeds that cannot be accurately located.
The indications are, however, that it was located somewhere between the Railroad and Boston-avenue bridges.
On the south or Charlestown
side of the river and west of Main street was a large tract of land called the ‘Stinted Pastures’ owned by the inhabitants of the town of Charlestown
, and divided into ranges about eighty rods in width, and between these ranges were laid out ways or rangeways, as they were called, two rods in width and extending from the river, southerly, to the Menotomy
A description of these rangeways, taken from Charlestown
records, and being part of the report of a committee submitted to that Town, is as follows:
Then we measured three rangeways in the upper part of Charlestown, between Menotomy road and Medford river.
First Rangeway.—We began on Menotomy road near Twopenny brook or Walnut tree hill, and measured the first rangeway northerly, 90 and 3/4 rods, shut up and improved by Mr. Russell; then still northerly 24 rods, shut up and improved one-half by Mr. Russell and one-half by Mr. Fosdick; then running still northerly five rods, shut up wholly by Mr. Fosdick and improved by him; then we measured still northerly this