Possible Mr T Taylor's wife sitting for her photographic portrait

The village in verse

Perhaps because of its spectacular natural setting and the romantic tales that have grown around it, Blanchland and the surrounding area have been the focus for much poetic expression.

I certainly wouldn't feel qualified to judge what is good or bad verse, though for modern tastes, many of the following lines are rambling and laboured and totally lacking in any subtlety of meaning!

What they may not possess in poetic merit, the Blanchland poems certainly make up for in sincerity of feeling - and in their way they're valuable historical records of the places, events and people that have gone before.