19 - Lints Green
Description‘The Road to Albalanda’ By Samuel Tuke Richardson of Darlington c.1896 ‘Descending from Medomsley they drove through the Hamsterley woods, passing within a few yards of the Hall once the abode of Surtees the great sporting novelist whose works written some 60 years ago are still among the most popular sporting books of the day. When the R family were living at Priestfield – the aforementioned novelist called upon them but their Father would never return the call & in fact told Thomas Atkinson to tell Mr Surtees that we were a peculiar people. Crossing the bridge by the Hamsterley Smithy, they soon found themselves opposite Lintz Green, very little changed since the days that their old friends the Braggs lived there during whose residence in the place Mr B. who was taking a walk one day on the Terrace was suddenly confronted by a ruffianly scoundrel who with a large clasp knife threatened to make an end of the kindly & genial old gentleman, fortunately someone coming up frightened the Ruffian away – pausing for a moment to pluck a few leaves from the Drive, they commenced the ascent of the hill to Priestfield a hill so memorable as having been the scene of what might have been a fatal tragedy to their father. Pausing at their old home from whence their earliest recollections of life dated they looked back over the Vale of Derwent & the Chopwell woods & the Coachman, saw himself once more a small but repulsive boy standing at his mother’s side on a peaceful Sabbath morn looking out on the selfsame scene from the large bow windowed bed room whilst listening to his holy Mother’s voice as she repealed some sweet hymn or read some portion of scripture, do not such scenes as these linger through life never to be forgotten amidst all the turmoil of later years. The only change that there seemed to be in the old house was the introduction of a green house near the iron entrance gate a gate which at one time might have terminated the career of the coachman who at the early age of 5 tumbled off a pony just missing the gate with his head’.
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