"and played Hares and Hounds on the common"
Pub sign at Cowfold
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Hares and Hounds, sometimes known as Paper Chase or Chalk Chase, is a game which was popular in Victorian England. It was played both by children and by older boys within the English public school system.

At the start of the game, one of the players is designated hare, the rest of the players being hounds. The hare then sets off alone, leaving a trail of paper shreds behind him/her. After a certain interval, the other partcipants in the game follow, their objective being to catch the hare.