Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From days gone by . . .

This character-laden homestead is located much nearer to my home, in a rather English-like little town (more a "village" really) named Houghton, in the Adelaide Hills, some 22km (14 miles) from the Adelaide CBD. 
Home to approx. 450 residents, it was named after Houghton-le-Spring in Durham, England.
The townsite itself was settled in 1841, by land agent and auctioneer John Richardson. During the 1840s, it was the hub of the district and gained a simple stone Union Chapel serving several denominations, the Travellers' Rest Hotel, blacksmith, school, dwellings and other trappings of civilisation, together with a reserve which is now Houghton Common.

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