NT8912 : Whiteburnshank from slopes of Wether Hill

taken 2 years ago, 3 km from Barrowburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

Whiteburnshank from slopes of Wether Hill
Whiteburnshank from slopes of Wether Hill
"It is worthy of remark that while the shepherds' dwelling houses up Coquetdale are all built in the bottom of the valley on the banks of the Coquet, those of Kidland stand on the heights. In the earlier days of its occupation by the monks of Newminster, the shepherds' 'shealings' were erected along the burn sides, as we can gather from the description already given of Kidland in the days of Henry VIII, when the outcry or alarm of those living in one 'valye or hope' could not be heard by those living in the next, owing to the high hills lying between them. The present day dwellings of Milkhope, Kidlandlee. Heigh, Uswayford, and Wholehope all stand at an elevation from 1,000 to 1,300 feet above the sea level.
Whiteburn Shank, Trows, and Rowhope evidently occupy the original low-level sites - Trows on the Trows Burn, Rowhope on the Rowhope Burn, and Whiteburn Shank on the White Burn."
Upper Coquetdale by David Dippie Dixon (1903), p.57-58.

The cottage currently standing at Whiteburnshank occupies an east facing slope at a height of 370m (1,200 feet) and I can't be certain that this replaced an older property where there is now only a small corrugated-iron roofed hut and the rectilinear walls of a large stock pen. Indeed, the cottage is shown in its current location, high up beside a tributary of East Burn at the west end of a single large enclosed field, at the time of the first Ordnance Survey (c1860).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 12 January, 2020   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 January, 2020
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Uplands  Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Housing, Dwellings  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8987 1232 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:24.2826N 2:9.6912W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 9007 1233
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