A walk around Darnick
At the end of Smith's Road, turn right, into Abbotsford Road, and cross over to the pavement on the other side. From the crossing point, beside the village Notice Board, you can see the top of Darnick Tower showing over the wall, and on going further down the street, see, through the gap in the wall, the ruins of Fisher Tower.
A diversion by turning left into Tower Road and going down only a short distance, brings you to the gates of Darnick Tower. The present tower has parts dating back to the 1500's, with a plaque bearing the initials AH for Andrew Heiton, and KF for Katherine Fisher, his wife, and the date 1569. It has been added to and modernised thoughout its life, particularly in 1869 when Smith of Darnick added a new east wing. It has served as a museum and as a guest house, but today is a private house. Please remember that!
Returning to Abbotsford Road, turn left and walk down towards the Smith Memorial Hall. Presently being totally refurbished, the front wall has set into it the War Memorial Plaques for the village. The hall was built in 1869 as a memorial to John Smith, born 1827 died 1869. Within the hall are a set of 12 glass plates of photographs taken by him during the visit by Queen Victoria to Abbotsford in 1867. The bell tower was added in 1891.
Close to the hall, possibly where Darnick Cottage is now, is the reputed site of the third Darnick Tower - Little Tower.
Walking on down past the first entrance to Aldie Crescent, will bring you to the far end of the Crescent. Turn left into it at the sign which also identifies Fisher's Lane. Not following the crescent, but keeping alongside the field, will bring you up to the end of Fisher's Lane.
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