|The Teesdale Hotel where I stayed over night|
All that I have for you today is some more images from upper Teesdale. You may recall that I was there last month - walking in an unfamiliar landscape on a diamond day. Memories of that lovely ramble have fluttered across my mindscreen quite often since then.
Thanks to Jenny The Procrastinating Donkey from Nova Scotia who discovered that the reason the farms around Forest-in-Teesdale are painted white is because they belong to The Raby Estate. They are tenanted farms and one of the rental conditions is that white paint. By the way, The Raby Estate covers 50,000 acres and is in the possession of the current Baron Barnard who, like most noble landowning families in England, can trace his ancestry back to The Norman Conquest.
|At Grassholme Reservoir. The old bridge has been revealed because of maintenance work that required draining the water.|
|St James the Less Church, Forest with Frith|
|A view of Ettersgill|
|Angler in The River Tees . The old farm behind is abandoned.|
I hope you read my response to your response in your previous post, Yorkie!ReplyDelete
You need a restful day today...after all that guzzling, strutting and high kicking yesterday!!!!
As I have suggested before, you are a very naughty lady!Delete
You mean your noble family name does not go back to The Norman Conquest, Baron Pudding? I would have thought it theasible to trace it back a long way.ReplyDelete
All the way back to a tiny agricultural hamlet that once existed in Wensleydale. The name is Viking in origin. Pre-Norman.Delete
So how many serfs does Baron Barnard own?ReplyDelete
That's a joke.
Sort of. I suppose things are quite different now. But all white paint? Really? That's weird.
It is incredible how the influence and wealth of the Normans has filtered down to the present day in England. Feudalism is not dead.Delete
Interesting title St. James the Less?ReplyDelete
You are right Red. I have never come across such a church name before.Delete
Dammit, YP, you stole my chance to do pertinent research! Yours was satisfactory, though, I'll admit.ReplyDelete
It's not that long ago that I came to understand the landowner system in Britain. It still blows my mind, though. It's so different from what I grew up knowing.
The richest landowning families in England can thank their Norman ancestors for their wealth. William the Conqueror carved up the country and distributed it amongst his most favoured supporters.Delete
Some traditions are really odd. Although, I must say, I think the white old buildings are beautiful. There is a college in Colorado Springs that only keeps their century long endowment from a wealthy benefactor if they serve a small amount of ice cream after dinner each evening to each young lady in the female housing units. Now that's weird! But true.ReplyDelete
I think that's a rather nice legacy. I wonder if the young ladies are allowed vegan ice cream.Delete
All great pictures, especially the two bridges, but I guess you know that the abandoned farm has particular appeal for me.ReplyDelete
Abandoned but still painted white! I took several pictures of that farm.Delete