3 - On the Roman Road
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘Turning out of the village to the right they soon found themselves upon the great Roman Road, or in other words Wattling Street, that great highway which runs from London to Edinburgh & through Piercebridge, where there was a Roman station & where to this very day Roman antiquities are still found, now a Railway station which they passed is of much more importance than the Roman one, leaving it behind, they passed Lime Kiln banks & Houghton Wood both famous covers endeared to the heart of the coachman by the recollection of many famous runs. To their left lay the woods of Selaby & Raby with the towers of the Castle just discernible among the trees & beyond the mountain range of West Durham culminating in Crossfell & the Pennine range. The coachman was now feeling every confidence in his team which had settled down to work very pleasantly, the Black leader being especially eminent in the way he buckled to at the hills, whilst Baronet the near wheeler did not bustle himself knowing well from what he had overheard, that a long day was before him. Their guard Charles Longstaff ever & anon enlivened the scene by playing various tunes upon the Horn such as Merrily Dance the Quakers Wife etc’.
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