Before the end of 1635, there were at least eighty-five houses in the New Town.
Eastward from Holyoke (then called Crooked) Street ran Back Lane, while Braintree Street, deflecting southeastward, took the name of Field Lane.
These two lanes, meeting near the present junction of Bow and Arrow streets, formed the highway into the Neck, running eastward as far as the site of Washington Square. Under the somewhat vague phrase, The Neck, was comprised the territory now covered by Cambridgeport and East Cambridge.
It was divided into arable lots, and parceled among the inhabitants in severalty.
The western part was cut up into small portions of from one to three acres, but to the eastward of the site of Hancock Street it was granted in large farms of from twenty to sixty acres. This region of the Neck was marked off and protected by a paling which ran—to use modern names—from Holyoke Place to Gore Hall, and thence to the line between Cambridge and Somerville at Line Street ne