Cornhill Social History


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Main Street
Collingwood Arms
Hotel Lands
Village Hall
Twizel Castle
The Bird Cage

Main Street

Photo c.1906, reproduced in the book 'Old Coldstream and Cornhill' by John Griffiths
published by Stenlake Publishing

From left to right: St. Helen’s View with Cornhill Village shop, run by Nicholas Jeffrey,
Church View and next door, Carlowrie. The latter used to be the Police House occupied by Constable William Crisp.
The distant cottages, including the former Post Office, managed in 1906 my Miss Ann Reid,
the sub-postmistress, have been replaced by modern bungalows.
Front House, middle right, on the east side of the Learmouth-Mindrum road has been demolished.

Same view as above but taken further to the west

View down Main Street to the east, c. 1910, with Front House
on the east corner of the minor road to Learmouth and Mindrum

View down Main Street to the east; Collingwood Arms on left

Front House, pre 1950?. The Beveridge family lived on the right.
The part on the left was occupied by the Fair family and Mrs. Richardson lived in the T-shaped piece behind.
The toilets for the building were at the back. The gardens went down to the south to Tor Cottage
Several Cornhill residents remember The Beehive pub in Front House at one time

The snow of February 2001

View of Main Street looking west.
The horse and trap are coming out of the Learmouth-Mindrum Road.
Marshall’s can be seen on the far corner of Main Street and Knowe Head.

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The Collingwood Arms

The Collingwood Arms takes its name from the local merchant family which owned it up until 1955. There are strong ties with Northumberland’s 19th Century naval hero, Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, who served under Nelson around the time the hotel was built. In fact the hotel’s fifteen bedrooms take their names from the 15 ships in Collingwood’s division at the Battle of Trafalgar.
In 2007, the Collingwood Arms Hotel received a 21st century makeover. Award-winning architects collaborated with historians and local craftsmen who worked inside and out, to refurbish and re-instate period details, restoring this Grade II Listed Georgian building to its glorious best.

Photos of the Collingwood Arms Hotel

The remains of a WW1 shell can be seen to the right of the roundabout
The railings and shell were removed for the war effort.

The colourful sign depicts Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collngwood

Beer mat - date?

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Hotel Lands

At one time Jean Hutchison was the tenant of the Hotel Lands Farm Steading which once stood behind the Collingwood Arms (pictures here). She farmed from her cottage, also called ‘Hotel Lands,’ to the east of the The Old School on Knowe Head

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The Village Hall

The Village Hall was opened on 1st September 1961
The following photos and text were taken from newspaper cuttings:

The new Village Hall. Villagers met one third of the cost of over £6,000,
a third came from the Ministry of Education and a third from the Northumberland Education Committee
The site was given by Col. Collingwood and the architect was Mr Douglas Cunningham
whose father had been the schoolmaster in Cornhill for many years
Before the Hon. Mrs. Taylor turned the key in the door to officially open the hall,
she and Col. Collingwood were presented with chocolates and cigarettes by
13 year-old Betty Ford and 11 year-old Brian Thompson

Platform party after the opening ceremony
From left: The Rev.W.E. Hicks, vicar of Cornhill. Lt. Col. J.H.F. Collingwood, Miss Betty Ford,
Mr. G.H. Dalton, chairman of the hall committee, Master Brian Thompson, The Hon. Mrs. S. Taylor, the opener,
Mr. C.P. Reid, representative of the Ministry of Education, Mr. C.L. Mellowes. Director of Education

The Hon. Mrs. Taylor, C.P. Reid (HM Inspector of Schools) and C.L. Mellowes
reading congratulatory telegrams

Rev. Hicks of Horndean, J.F. Collingwood and G. Dalton at the opening ceremony

Over 200 villagers attended the ceremony.

Invitation to the opening of the Village Hall

A Concert in the new hall followed the opening ceremony
Artists in the concert:
Tommy Cunningham & Joey,
Mrs. Mounsey and John Ridpeath (songs)
Alex Elliot (guitar)
Marilyn and Doreen Anderson (piano duet)
Mrs Anderson (pianist)
Miss Elder's concert party - Misses May and June Liddle (duets)
Joyce Wilson, Prudence Beveridge, Ann Corless, Mary McGregor,
Bruce Wilkie (recitations)

Unfortunately, the concert had to be stopped halfway through because of loss of electricity caused by the storm.
Emergency lighting was erected with the assistance of Mr. T. Maxwell and the concert continued.
Afterwards 240 people joined in the dancing.

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Twizel Castle

The castle was built by the Blake family
It was pulled down in 1881; only ruins remain

View of Twizel Castle above the old bridge
Twizel Old Bridge is believed to be the longest single-span mediaeval bridge in Britain. It was used by English forces during the Battle of Flodden (1513).

The Bird Cage

This used to be the working men’s club
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