The Summerhouse

An early morning view of the Summerhouse, presided over by Roseberry since it was built over 250 years ago. It once had a white finish and plastered inside with a suspended ceiling although these had probably disappeared when it was used as a billet for local militia manning the beacon on Roseberry summit during the Napoleonic War. Offering a clear view to the beacon at Eston, Roseberry provided a link in the chain of fires which would be lit in the event of an invasion. It is thought that a brick flue and hearth were built at this time to provide the men with some comfort. A chimney was cut in the stone roof, distorting the profile, clearly visible in this eastern aspect.

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