I tried adding this to an existing topic, but got no responses, so I thought I'd try a new more specific topic:
I've been wondering about the history of the Darland Banks. I know it's a nature reserve now, but I would think that's a fairly recent development. I have a few old postcards of the area, some dating back around 100 years and it seems to have been a public space for some time. Does anyone know anything of the history of the area? A lot of the tracks look well worn so I'd think they've been there for some time. I also notice that a lot of it seems to be divided up into fields - was it a farm at some point?
Since my original post I've been wondering if it was anything to do with the defences of the old fort.
Alternatively perhaps it's just a case of the slope being too steep to be of any practical use so it just became a publicly used area - i.e. common land. The bits at the top and the bottom are reasonably flat though.
Anyone out there know?
I've attached a couple of scans from my postcard collection.