Cotherstone: Betty Hutton 6.7.29 – 11.1.06

Cotherstone is an attractive village just a few miles from Barnard Castle.  Named after Anglo-Saxon settlers the village is on a ford of the river Tees and in the 11th century a castle was built here of which only earthworks remain today.  In 1868 the railway came, three local reservoirs were built and the village of Cotherstone grew.  The railway served the local quarries and the disused route winds up the valley and the Teesdale Railway Path makes a great linear walk or cycle route between Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale.

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THIS SEAT IS PLACED HERE IN LOVING MEMORY OF BETTY HUTTON 6.7.29 – 11.1.06 please enjoy a rest here as you climb the hill as Betty often did

In this green and pleasant spot near to our campsite this lovely bench invites walkers to sit and rest in memory of Betty Hutton who lived until she was 76-years old.  Her friends and / or relatives chose to remember Betty Hutton with a memorial bench, ensuring her connection with Cotherstone continues and is part of community life beyond the graveyard.  A memorial bench is a great way to recognise a link someone had with a place and preserve that association, as well as to pay tribute to the person.

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The bench on the hillside near Cotherstone

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Streatley: Malc Grant 24.05.1948 – 04.10.2013

Streatley and Goring straddle opposite banks of the river Thames.  The two villages are joined by a river and are lovely places to visit.  Goring is in the Chilterns and Streatley is in the North Wessex Downs, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  In early Anglo Saxon times the river Thames was the border between Mercia and Wessex, with Goring in Mercia and under the rule of King Offa and Streatley in Wessex and ruled by King Ine.  We found this a perfect area for walking and followed ancient trails, including The Ridgeway, and interesting sunken ways to the Holies, a lovely chalk woodland on the slopes above Streatley.  It was a sunny winters day and lots of people were out enjoying the fine weather.
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In the lovely woods above Streatley in Berkshire

I found this memorial plaque to Malc Grant while exploring among the trees.  The plaque generously shares the bench with other memorials, making this glade a very special place for remembering loved ones for lots of different people.

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Malc Grant 24.05.1948 – 04.10.2013 A True Friend – A Good Heart – A Great Voice