121 N.H. 32 (1981). Hewes v. Bruno
The common-law doctrine of adverse possession developed from the statutes of limitation on actions for the recovery of land. The primary purpose of such statutes is to bar stale claims by legal owners of land. Because an owner of land must bring an action within the statutory limitation period, the possession of the occupant must be of such a nature as to have given the owner a cause of action. To successfully maintain a claim based on adverse possession, the possessor and its predecessors in title must show adverse, continuous, uninterrupted use of the land he claims in such a manner as to give reasonable notice to the record owner that an adverse claim was being made to it.