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As peace and quiet slowly returned the 18th and 19th centuries witnessed the development of farming and shepherding, initially on small tenanted farms which gradually merged into bigger ones and ultimately into the College Valley Estate that is here today.To help you appreciate this wonderful place we've devised a Valley History Trail which highlights the many places and things for you to see and enjoy.In 1342 its lands were reported to have been But it's no wonder that with two more centuries of carnage, plus the Battle of Flodden in 1513 that by the mid 1500s tenancies had declined as raids, disease and recession took their toll.

It was last recorded as working in 1855 but by 1887 was occupied by a shepherd.The hamlet, if we can term it that, was in the front line of the Border wars which began after Edward 1, the English king went to war with Scotland in 1296.He is remembered for taking command of the Fleet after Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and subsequently leading the British navy to victory over the French.Collingwood's connections with the valley stem from his wife Sarah (daughter of John Blackett, Lord Mayor of Newcastle) who inherited Hethpool from an aunt though the Admiral's visits were few and far between because most of his life was spent at sea.The wood can be accessed through a wicket gate on the west side of the road.

Once a more populous place than now Hethpool in the Medieval period could boast a brewery, a chapel and a watermill.Indeed, more recently during the Second World War it was often the combination of atrocious weather conditions coupled with less advanced navigation systems and simple inexperience that claimed the lives of several Allied airmen – and Germans too – whose planes crashed on the Cheviot and its surrounding hills.After one crash in particular, the B17 Flying Fortress with a nine-man American crew aboard, came the now legendary story of rescue by local shepherds including John Dagg and his black and white collie, Sheila.For about 300 years, until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, lawlessness reigned.To be fair it wasn't just the Scots who caused the problems, it was family feuding on both sides of the border with tit for tat raids when cattle and livestock were rustled and people killed.Looting, pillaging and violence were the order of the day in this poverty-stricken community.