DescriptionI have turned up here to join in a three mile walk around Rokeby Park and Teesdale to have a look at the sites so popularised by Sir Walter Scott in his long narrative poem "Rokeby" Published in 1813 Rokeby inspired a mini-tourist industry of great benefit to Teesdale, J.M.W. Turner was probably the most famous of many painters who came to Teesside to translate Scott's locations and scenes to canvas, quite a few artistic liberties being taken in the process. Rokeby Park its house and estates are to this day in the possession of the Morritt family. prior to Scott's publication of Rokeby J.B.S. Morritt provided Scott with a great deal of help with local history and folklore of the surrounding area and in recognition and friendship Sir Walter Scott dedicated Rokeby to him with a generous reference "This poem the scene of which is laid in his beautiful demesne of Rokeby". Not content with Sir Walter Scott the Inn also boasts wonderful wall murals depicting characters from Charles Dickens's novels, the local interest here being Dickens's third novel Nicholas Nickleby. The fictional cruel schoolmaster Wackford Squeers is believed to have been based on William Shaw the proprietor of a residential academy at nearby Bowes. Since 1976 this fine Inn has been blessedly by-passed by the busy A66, it stands on the old Great North Road and was an important stabling and staging post on that route. Over the years no less than three Inns have stood in this area around the Greta Bridge. You get nice cars here too!
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