NT9408 : Track east of Old Rookland

taken 15 days ago, near to Biddlestone, Northumberland, Great Britain

Track east of Old Rookland
Track east of Old Rookland
Old Rookland is a ruined two-storey farmstead situated east of Rookland Hill just north of the valley of Rookland Sike. It has three distinctive trees.

Small stock enclosures can be seen on aerial photos to the north and south of the building and there is a small area of rigg and furrow ploughing to the rear.

There is information on the Hindmarsh family who were occupiers of Rookland from 1717 until the 1800s here: Archive LinkExternal link

Previously going by the name of Rookland, at the time of the Ordnace Survey c.1860, it was described as "a one storey house, with out-buildings, garden, and a farm of moorland attached, the property of Walter Selby Esqr."

It was for a time the home of shepherd, John Dagg, who left Rookland in 1939 to live at another remote cottage, Dunsdale, in the Lambden Burn valley north of The Cheviot NT8923 : Dunsdale from south-east. In 1944, he was involved with others in the rescue of US airmen from a crash site on Braydon Crag NT8921 : Aircraft crash site near Braydon Crag for which his collie, Sheila, was awarded the Dickin Medal.

Old Rookland was occupied until the 1950s when it was abandoned for the (new) cottage of Rookland NT9407 : Rookland in a more accessible location west of Biddlestone.

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Date Taken
Friday, 3 January, 2020   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 January, 2020
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Derelict, Disused  Moorland 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 940 087 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:22.3836N 2:5.7166W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 941 088
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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