02 - On the North Road – Rushyford in days of old

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    ‘Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson Of Darlington c.1890 ‘Halfway between Darlington & Durham on the great North Road stands the fine old posting Inn of Rushyford reminding one of the past glories of the road now all vanished. The house was of the most comfortable description & the stabling very extensive capable of accommodating at least 100 horses, here poor Catterick lived for many years & ran as leader in the Edinbro night mail & when staying here as I frequently did I was want to visit him in his stable – One curious incident connected with Rushyford is worthy of note the son of a post boy who was employed to exercise the lame horses – was so passionately fond of horseback exercise that he was in the habit when lame Horses were scarce, of inserting a nail into the foot of a sound Horse to lame him in order that he might have the pleasure of riding more frequently – His cruel trick was happily discovered & the boy was sent to prison for his misconduct. When the Railways were opened Holts the nephew of the original proprietor who then owned the Inn was so heart-broken that he committed suicide – It stands upon the Great North Road That ancient Inn deserted Where guests are flown, its lights are gone And its last mail departed’
  • Owner

    Beamish Museum
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    Beamish (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? All Rights Reserved (Seek permission to reuse)
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/36275059@N02/9527777001/
    Resource type: Image
    Last modified: 5 years, 1 month ago
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