Carrshield is a small hamlet in rural Northumberland very close to the borders of both Durham and Cumbria, in fact all three counties meet about 2 miles South of us. This is moorland sheep country and Carrshield lies in a pretty and secluded valley on the river West Allen, although this is little more than a stream at this point.
Although farming is now the local industry, there is still much evidence of lead mining which was prevalent during the early to mid 1900s.
The above photo shows Sunny Corner on quite a good day. Carrshield is a lovely place on a sunny day..... when it's not a howling gale, horizontal rain, plagued with midgies or under 3 feet of snow! The locals told us that if we survive the first Winter and Summer, then we may stick it out. I guess we should be locals sometime soon.
This is the website of Alwyn and John Woodcock.
We have lived here in Carrshield since 1998 in a house called Sunny Corner. The house was originally two mining cottages with a blacksmiths and cobblers shop at the end. It has lots of character and plenty of space for John to keep his toys—(motor bikes, canoes, model aeroplanes etc.)
We share Sunny Corner with our three cats, Linux (moggie), Leonni and Tiger (both Maine Coons).
The photo below is taken from pretty much the same location as the photo on the left, but facing South instead of North. Actually, you may spot that this was taken on a different day.