Harbottle Holiday consists of two 16-page school exercise books handwritten by Florence Brabban, who was a keen diarist and gives a delightful account of a Whitsun holiday taken in Harbottle with her husband William during the long hot summer days between 10th and 17th June 1916. Their rooms at Town Head provided them with a base from which to explore Upper Coquetdale and they spent little time in Harbottle itself except to buy the postcards of W P. Collier which Florence used to illustrate her diary. Walking occupied most of the day and, armed with a copy of Tomlinson's Comprehensive Guide to Northumberland, the couple covered the four points of the compass within an eight-mile radius of Town Head. As teachers themselves, they made a special point of visiting the little schools at Windyhaugh, Holystone and Kidlandlee.
This fascinating account is reproduced as it was written during the darkest days of the First World War with the addition of material from contemporary guide books and directories, family collections and selections from the Kidlandlee School Log Book of Williamina Bennett who was head teacher between 1914 and 1924.
Paperback 97 pages
Author: Florrence Brabban