12 - Blanchland
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘During the descent of the Hill into the town the coachman’s eagle eye descried a black & unpromising mass of his fellow creatures, who were evidently in possession of the place & it was evident on a nearer approach that the peaceful Border Town was given up either to a band of marauding Scots, or else was a victim to a Temperance demonstration, but on driving as near to the Hotel as it was possible to come they observed an excitable parson with a long beard standing in a cart & giving a lecture on the antiquities of the place but being a person with no higher sporting instincts he continued his discourse & so caused such a crowd to collect that they could by no means come to their desired haven, & altogether their arrival was not marked by any of the prestige that they had expected & it was plainly evident that Blanchland was unpleasantly full, after waiting some time & no sign of an entrance being administered, a move was made towards the stables where the team found a refuge though with some difficulty. Then the coach was unloaded & later on in the evening the marauding hordes moved off though plenty of obnoxious characters in the shape of Bicyclists remained to make night hideous with their snores’.
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