7 - Frosterley
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘About two miles from Wolsingham they halted in the village of Frosterley to call upon a friend who lived there, unfortunately however the lady was lying perdu on the bed of sickness & could not see or be seen although the coachman’s wife penetrated into the darkened chamber & administered a hasty kiss on the aching brow of her friend, who as they were once more driving off was observed to be cautiously peering out of the window in a large nightcap with rosettes over each ear. Just outside the village is the House & park of Roperley formerly the residence of the late Valentine Rippon who at one time represented Gateshead in parliament & he was also the builder of Stanhope Castle: his Father having originally worked as a miner in the Weardale lead mines & made a large fortune thereby. Broadwood Bridge originally led to a house occupied by the father of the lady in the nightcap, & it was from here that her aunt eloped riding through the river on horseback behind her brother, [a boy at the time] & meeting her lover on the opposite shore who was waiting with a coach & four to take her to Gretna Green, the brother was rewarded with 10s & the young couple got clear away & lived happily ever after as the ancient book saith’.
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