I emailed Liz Conway, local bookbinder, to chat about preservation binding of this valuable old, and very tattered guide to the Roman Wall District, that came to my attention recently. Yes, she said, she could do it nicely in either hard or soft back. So that should preserve this relic for another generation or two, I should think.
Meanwhile, the photographs and advertisements are so intriguing, that they should really occupy a place here in the diary. I’m pretty sure some of the prints were part of the collection of glass plate negatives forwarded on from a Bellingham councillor to their counterpart in Allendale, some years ago — doubtless the Allen Valleys Local History Group has all the photographs in their archive. But in context they make fascinating browsing.
Someday, perhaps, a century or two hence, someone may unearth an old, tattered soft-bound copy of this Allendale Diary, and muse their way through. What might they make of us, I wonder, the things we’ve thought about this year?