Orchard Cottage at 'Head of the Haugh' - from a Painting by Albert Milton Drinkwater (1895)
The view looking south, across the River Wear, over the future Wearside Golf Course, to Penshaw Monument.
Not surprisingly, the garden of Orchard Cottage contained many fruit trees.
The steamer went up to Fatfield and back every summer.
My auntie, who was born at High Barmston in 1923, said they called it 'The Cake Boat'.
Local dignitaries on board would be having afternoon tea and would throw cakes to the children on the riverbank.
Jean also remembers Sunday evening walks and a regular resting place near that stile.
She sat on large stones, probably from The Forge or The Mill buildings.
( Note the small ferry boat near the cottage. )
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( Sunderland Echo: Quotes from an article written by Neil Mears, 27 July 2017 )
1. Built in Great Yarmouth in 1885, the City of Norwich arrived in the River Wear on March 15, 1894.
2. Licensed to carry 200 passengers, the 72ft boat could navigate the upper reaches of the river, when the tide permitted, on account of her shallow draught.
3. North Biddick was a favourite destination, with dozens of passengers disembarking to enjoy the delights of Mrs Batey's Girdle Cake Cottage and Tea Rooms.
4. Fares cost one shilling return between Wearmouth Bridge Landing and Cox Green or Biddick, with an intermediate call at Hylton.
Girdle Cake Cottage
Girdle Cake Cottage and Tea Rooms (Pre-1900)
This is not a postcard, it's an original photographic print. The Photo is attached to an embossed backing card.
Some printer's finger marks are just visible on the road in the bottom-right corner.
( Image & Information contributed by owner, Keith Cockerill. )