14 - Blanchland Next Day
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘Next morning dawned upon the scene dull & cold, a great contrast to the previous day. After viewing the Church & churchyard with the tomb of the murdered man Snowdon in it, they prepared to start again for Shotley. Just before starting the coachman’s feeling were greatly ruffled by the observations upon his coach made by some base bicyclists who were hanging about the door of the Hotel, said one to another, ‘that would make a good motorcar’ [silent scorn of Coachman] Said another ‘that’s a rum looking affair’, ‘oh do you think so said the coachman’. ‘Oh I mean it would hold a lot of luggage & be very useful’ apologetically from Bicyclists. Full of sadness the coachman gathered up the reins & got once more upon the box but consoling himself as his merry team rattled over the bridge that probably the beloved ones would last his time. Their road lay once more through Edmundbyers & by Catawaheads near to which celebrated bridge their near wheeler lost a shoe which necessitated their driving cautiously, a few miles further on they came across a couple of Bikers by the road side looking very melancholy. The coachman recognized his Blanchland friends in these persons & called out sympathetically ‘what’s the matter’ ‘punctured Tyre’ was the doleful reply, ‘very glad to hear it’ sang out the coachman who drove on’.
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