A Nice House in Rothbury

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Comments (13)

Liviu Chirilă on September 6, 2008

That's very... british. The use of sepia filter emphasizes the simplicity of the house.

skida on September 6, 2008

Thank you for visiting and commenting. I used sepia because the original colour photo was a bit washed out/ My "cheat" seams to have worked. ;)

slidersmom on September 6, 2008

very lovely house, very lovely photo!!! thank you for sharing this with us! kat

skida on September 7, 2008

Thanks kat. Due to the bad weather we are having, I haven't been out much with the camera, so I have resorted to sifting through photos from previous trips and this was one of them.

Marilyn Whiteley on September 12, 2008

It's not a cheat. It's creative and appropriate editing! Nice work. Cheers, Marilyn

skida on September 13, 2008

Thanks again Marilyn. The weather here is still inclement and I am suffering from "camera withdrawal" symptoms.

rlee26 on March 28, 2009

This house is where my Grandmother lived until she was about 14. She and her family left England in 1914, just before WW1, and moved to Australia. Her name was Elizabeth Howie Kirkwood. Her father had his blacksmith shop next door to the house, it would be to the left side of this photo.

muppet348 on September 3, 2009

To follow on from rlee26's comment; my grandfather John (Jack) Davison was a blacksmith and must have taken over the house and forge in 1914 - my father, Thomas Davison was born in the house in 1919. Soon after this, they moved to the forge at Snitter - a few miles to the west. Jack was still living at Snitter when he died in the late 1960's.

skida on September 4, 2009

Wow! Thanks to rlee26 and muppet348 for providing some interesting history to this fine building.


skirkwood77 on December 12, 2010

aye rlee26 that was my g/grandas house, kirkwood clans stronger than ever growing ginger in queensland australia!

PatrickDorrian on August 23, 2011

My grandparents bought the house at some point in the 70s ( can't remember the exact date) and it was their home until they died in the mid 90s. I spent many a happy weekend going fishing on the Coquet. The 'blacksmith shop' was converted into a Garage which i believe it still is. My grandfather landscaped the hill behind the cottage into a multitier garden.

The house still has the original range fireplace as far as i'm aware :)

PatrickDorrian on August 24, 2011

Just spoke to my parents ( they have the paperwork for the property going back a few years now)

There is a conveyance dated 30th September 1952 where the cottage was sold by Mr Alexander Cheyne a retired County Surveyor. The buyer was Frederick Drink De'Ath who was an Accountant previously residing at Wallington in Surrey. Previous owners were: 21st Feb 1851 (1) James Armstrong and (2)Ord Armstrong possibly of the Lord Armstrong family. Changed hands on 12th November 1887 from (1) John Aynsley to Another and (2) Edward Welton. On 4th November 1920 changed hands again between (1) Jane Welton and (2) Septimus Marshall. Changed hands again on 4th Decmeber 1945 between (1) Arthur Law Marshall and Others and (2) William George Mackay. It changed hands again on 3rd June 1946 between (1) William George Mackay and (2) Alexander Cheyne. The assumption is that before 1851 the land and the buildings were probably part of the Armstrong Estates. The people you mention as having lived there were probably tenants and renting the property. Funnily enough Mackay was the big hardware shop facing the cottage from over the bridge.

skida on August 24, 2011

Some marvellous history there, Patrick. Thanks.


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Photo taken in Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65, UK

Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 4, 2008
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    by skida
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 50
    • Taken on 2008/03/15 13:23:31
    • Exposure: 0.010s
    • Focal Length: 8.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash