NZ3942 : Sandy Carrs, Durham Lane

taken 9 months ago, near to Shotton Colliery, County Durham, England

Sandy Carrs, Durham Lane
Sandy Carrs, Durham Lane
This crumbling ruin-in-the-making is one of two farmhouses with this name in County Durham, which pretty much rules out any idea about a Mr Sandy Carr having once farmed here. The other farmhouse is situated near Bishop Auckland, is a listed building, and in much better condition.
Due to 'carr' being such a short word there are numerous theories about its origin, including chariots, spears, and it referring to both high and low ground. The most accepted one is that it once referred to boggy or marshy ground, or groups of trees that favoured such conditions. Considering that there are lots of named moors neighbouring this property in the Ordnance Survey's first map of here - surveyed in the 1850s - this seems quite plausible in this case. Moorland is usually damp because of its relatively high elevation and soil type. However, sandy soils are well-known for being free-draining, so this either points to the two farms being positioned in fairly unusual habitats, or this theory being completely wrong.

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Date Taken
Friday, 8 September, 2023   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 31 January, 2024
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3929 4219 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:46.3859N 1:23.4462W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3929 4219
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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