DescriptionNot a terribly good view of the house taken from the edge of the A66 near Greta Bridge. Rokeby Park, a beautiful country house set in parkland dates from 1735 when it was built by Sir Thomas Robinson who here pays his tribute to the Palladian style, the warm apricot exterior is very attractive. The house was sold to the Morritt family in 1769 and their descendants retain that benefit to this day. In the early part of the nineteenth century John B.S. Morritt was a great friend of Sir Walter Scott and helped him with local detail for Scotts ballad poem Rokeby which contains the following dedication to John Morritt:- "To John B. S.Morritt Esq. This Poem, The Scene of Which Is Laid In His Beautiful Demesne of Rokeby, Is Inscribed, In Token Of Sincere Friendship. By Walter Scott. Rokeby was published in 1813 and stimulated tourist interest in Teesside to such an extent that Morritt commented that he would be obliged to raise the rent on his nearby Morritt Arms Inn as he correctly predicted that "the cockney romancers, artist illustrators and sentimental tourists would soon beat a path to Barnard Castle and Greta Bridge, a copy of Rokeby in hand". Whether he carried out his threat about raising the rent at the Inn I don't know but the tourists and artists certainly arrived, prominent among them J.M.W.Turner.
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