"Truly Inspirational!"

The History of Newt Cottage

There has been a dwelling on the site of Hunting Hall as far back as records go. Undulations in the field next to the farm have been identified as a possible ancient settlement. The main road from Lowick, now just a farm track, led past the farm road end and was no doubt travelled by many a weary pilgrim on the way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

A thriving community must have lived at Hunting Hall. The old pan tiled piggery which was once farm worker's cottages, the remains of the smithy, large stables and mill are all evidence of a busy population. Today, only the farm house and one cottage are occupied by the Burn family.

We think Newt Cottage was built in the 19th century for a farm worker. It is one of two grade 2 listed cottages facing south over a traditional country garden to farmland. The old wash house with its sett pot is still in the garden and on washing day bed sheets were spread out on the grass to dry where fruit bushes now grow.

In the 1940s a young couple, John and Mary Hill, moved into this cottage as the new farm workers. Mary remained there after John's death in the 1980s until 2004 when she went to live with her daughter.

Mary had no modern amenities in the cottage. There was no kitchen, just a pot sink in the passage and an electric cooker in the living room. She had no washing machine, fridge or immersion heater and most of Mary's food came from the garden. It was a very green lifestyle!

We hope our renovation of Newt cottage has been sympathetic to the environment and visitors will experience the lovely, timeless peace of Mary’s old home.

Margaret Burn with her hens 1950s