Telford’s Reject

This postcard shows the line of the Morpeth – Coldstream – Edinburgh road before various stretches were bypassed by Thomas Telford’s ‘mail road’ improvements in the 1820s. Heading north, this stretch leaves the mail road (the A697), at Rimside, just past the crossroad with the B6341 (which is the Corn Road, a story for another day), and runs as poor blacktop past Thrunton Wood, then as a green unclassified road to Whittingham Lane (a settlement has taken the road’s name), and as this blacktop down to Whittingham (that is ‘whittin-jam’, hereabouts).

Whittingham Lane Bank

It is then decent blacktop to Glanton (where the road off to the left is still called West Turnpike), and back to the mail road at Powburn.

Whittingham Lane