Bousdale Hill Farm

Early morning jog up Roseberry. The day before the storm — Arwen, I hear it’s been named — a character from Lord of the Rings?

A farm had been established on Bousdale Hill, the long spur extending northwards by Roseberry Common, by 1868. Prior to this it would have been rough upland pasture. The farm house itself doesn’t appear on the 1881 census. Providing a water supply to the farm was problematic, and used the old boiler from the first steam-ship on the Tees, the ‘Majestic1Dixon, Grace. “Two Ancient Townships – Studies of Pinchinthorpe and Hutton Lowcross”. Page 94. ISBN 0 9507827 2 6 1991..

In 1895, Messrs J. and G. Boothroyd were the occupiers but were “declining farming, and dissolving partnership” and selling up lock, stock and barrel so it makes you wonder whether the farm was actually viable2‘Multiple Classified ads’ (1895) Daily Gazette For Middlesbrough, 08 May, [1]+, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3211506891/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=0e7abf25 [accessed 26 Nov 2021]..

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    Dixon, Grace. “Two Ancient Townships – Studies of Pinchinthorpe and Hutton Lowcross”. Page 94. ISBN 0 9507827 2 6 1991.
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    ‘Multiple Classified ads’ (1895) Daily Gazette For Middlesbrough, 08 May, [1]+, available: https://link-gale-com.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/apps/doc/R3211506891/GDCS?u=ed_itw&sid=bookmark-GDCS&xid=0e7abf25 [accessed 26 Nov 2021].

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