8 - Stanhope
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘A further spin of 2 miles landed our travellers at Stanhope, where they halted at the Pack Horse Hotel for a bait & tea. Stanhope is chiefly remarkable from an ecclesiastical point of view, the living is, by a strange anomaly in the see of Chester & was at one time worth 10 to 15 thousand a Year. 60 years ago it was held by Bishop Philpotts, Bishop of Exeter & when he was made Bishop of Exeter he wished to retain Stanhope as well, fortunately this was not allowed. Owing to the falling off in lead & to divisions of the Parish it is not more than £1400 now, very good as livings go. There is a fine market Cross near the church which is not a very interesting structure, the castle grounds are nice but the castle is only a modern though presumptious edifice belonging to the Dean & Chapter of Durham but now rented by Spiers & Pounds, there are many thousand acres of Grouse shooting attached to the estate probably some of the finest shooting in the country. Coming out of Stanhope a slight contratemps occurred owing to the Coachman not quite knowing which was his road & having slightly overshot it he turned the team sharply round up a hill, the leader in an access of zeal went full trot against the Hill & for a moment grovelled on his knees but was luckily no worse & up again like a knife’.
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