Historic house should be a site to treasure

I AM not only writing this as a very concerned resident of Wooler, I also write as an equally concerned resident with an interest in the history of Northumberland.

As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Battle of Flodden which takes place in 2013, one of the key locations in this famous battle is being left to fall down and become part of local legend and folklore.

I, of course, talk about Surrey House on the south side of Wooler (the partly ruined building on the corner just south of the Haugh Head Garage on the A697).

For any readers who don’t know about the history of this building, it is so named because the Earl of Surrey and his army were said to have camped there on their way to take part in the battle of Flodden Field.

It has had many uses in its years, one of them being a very popular coaching inn.

Surely with such historical significance, we should do all we can to save this building.

If the current owner of the property were reading this, I would implore them to work with local Government and other officials to stop the ever-quickening collapse of Surrey House and put together a plan of restoration.

I understand that only part of the building has a listed status, but with the right restoration and presentation, what a monument to Wooler’s past this would be standing at the gateway into the parish.

So I urge the landowner, local residents and anyone with an interest in Northumberland’s proud past to save Surrey House before it’s too late.

Karl Wait,

South Road,