Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
The Swaledale Project 7000 Years of a Landscape and its People
SWAAG is beginning to look at a complex multi-period settlement around Cogden Hall.
This could be one of the most interesting sites in Swaledale.
We are starting with a landscape survey and before the end of the year a magnetometry survey will be completed.
Images and preliminary results from the survey days will be placed in the Cogden Hall Activities page.
9th February 1883:
The Hull Packet and East Riding Times.
THE FLOODS – GREAT LOSS OF SHEEP. Communication has at length been effected between Richmond and the dales villages by way of the new road, a temporary roadway having been formed at the great landslip, a few miles above Richmond, and yesterday the dales folk were enabled to get to the market, when most likely we shall hear of further disasters. Mr. George Whitlock, of Cogden Hall, near Reeth, had over two hundred ewes, worth five hundred pounds, washed away in the flood. The sheep had only been brought from the moors and placed in the large river-side pastures in front of the hall two days previously. One thousand pounds will hardly cover the loss sustained by this gentleman. On his farm a bridge has been washed down and scores of acres of land next the Swale have been turned into a perfect wilderness, being thickly covered with sand and all descriptions of debris. Thousands of acres of rich pasture land all the way down each side of Swaledale have been rendered perfectly useless, the soil having been washed off and replaced with sand. Plough land has suffered considerably.