13 - Blanchland Continued
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘Eventually the coach dined, a fair repast, considering the ravages which had been made upon the Hotel larder, then some of the passengers departed to bed whilst Mr de la Reynardez & the Coachman & his wife took a brisk walk by moonlight round Northumberland & Durham. A full moon lending much glamour to the scene & illuminating the river Derwent so deeply associated with their family for centuries – Then an adjournment to bed & a night spent in fitful slumber, punctured snores & revelry being kept up all night by the Bicyclists. Whilst the full moon looked peacefully down on the little Border Town as it had no doubt looked long Years before upon a scene of fire & carnage when the maurauding Scots who had once turned back from their search for the town being unable to find it owing to the surrounding trees were guided to their prey a second time by the sound of the Vesper bell which the monks were ringing in thankfulness for their escape from their fiendish destroyers, it was difficult to realize on the peaceful night what different scenes had been enacted there. Note: the ancient name of Blanchland was Albalanda or the white land’.
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