Roger Allen wrote an intriguing short story centred on the infamous ‘Slymefoot Inn’  in Upper Coquet dale, his plan being to donate any proceeds from book sales to the


Roger has now sadly passed away, but a free download of his book is still available here:


Click the link, enjoy this tale from the hills of home, then please donate via the above link.

‘The Slymefoot’ earned a reputation for licentious behaviour that seems quite extraordinary given the remoteness of the location – although things did get so bad that “Dr Sharp, then Rector of Rothbury and Archdeacon of Northumberland, threatened the offenders with ecclesiastical punishment if they did not desist and attend their respective places of worship.  His injunctions had the desired effect; and since that time no such riotous assemblies have been held, while the superior knowledge and correct conduct of the present sheep farmers have operated to produce a correspondent change in the character of their servants”.


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