Thatching Progress

The re-thatching is progressing well, with Jonathan hard at work. It is a fascinating process, and there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. For more photos, and video clips of Jonathan at work, see our Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cruck_cottage/

Another Paton Visit

Yet another visit from descendants of John G Paton! Anne Craker, (nee Paton) from Melbourne, Australia, his great granddaughter, and her daughter Cate and partner from France. They were very interested to see where John Paton grew up, next door, and the kind of house, and conditions, he lived in. Fantastic from our point of More …

Thatch Repairs

Re-thatching has started! Master Thatcher Jonathan Botterell all the way from York, with wheat straw from Huddersfield. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, we have to restrict access to the cottage whilst Jonathan is working. However anyone interested in visiting, or would like further information, please contact us on 0138775020 or 01387750236. Have a look More …

Paton Family Visits

Over the past week we have been very pleased to welcome two visits from various members of the Paton family, descendants of John Gibson Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides in the 19th century, who was brought up next door to the Cruck. Please see our Flickr page for more details and photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cruck_cottage/

Cruck Christmas 2016

Another great Christmas evening at the Cruck on 10th December – probably the best ever, with a great turn out. Grateful thanks go to the committee, family and friends for all their hard work, and to everyone who donated raffle prizes, mince pies etc. Also to all who came and made it such successful evening. More …

Visit by Collin Social Group

On Wednesday we hosted a visit to the cottage by Collin Social Group, and gave them a brief history of the castle, Torthorwald village and the cottage. This was supplemented by a video’s and photos compiled by Bill Meadows, and followed by refreshments. A good time was had by all, and we were very grateful for More …