"A House of No Little Importance"

The Gamekeeper of Scarrow Hill House

There is another property, but at Denton Mill, known as Scarrow Hill House (AKA Scarrow Hill Guest House). Do NOT confuse this business with our house.

Scarrow Hill is a Listed building.

Scarrow Hill House (AKA Scarrow Hill Guest House) is NOT a listed building.

Scarrow Hill House has a datestone of 1873 and was probably built at this date. It is not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1860-1865, and there is no record of it in the 1871 Census. In 1881 John Bowmaker is recorded in the Census as living at the property, which was then called Denton Mill Cottage. John Bowmaker was 72, a widower and a retired Land Steward. He resided with his son George Bowmaker aged 41, unmarried and an Estate Cashier, and a servant aged 24 named Mary Dodd. By the 1891 Census the property is still called Denton Mill Cottage and occupied by Martha Thompson, her son George a Railway Platelayer, daughter Martha aged 13 and grandson John Thompson. In 1901 the Census records Joseph Thompson as the head, also a Railway Platelayer living with his sister and her two children. Interestingly the property is recorded as Denton Cottage in 1901. The 1901 Ordnance Survey Map also shows the property in existence, but unnamed.

By 1938 Thomas Andrew Hodgson is recorded on the Electoral Roll at the property which has changed it’s name to Scarrow Hill House. This name change may have been to avoid confusion with another property at Denton Mill called Denton Mill Cottage. Also at this time, Scarrow Hill House was accessed on foot from the A69 Trunk Road from the entrance of Scarrow Hill, with a foot crossing over the railway line. The current access road to Scarrow Hill House via Denton Mill private road was only installed in 1990 and the old access closed off.

Thomas Andrew Hodgson was a Gamekeeper and achieved local notoriety for very unsavoury reasons as a paedophile. In 1950 he was sent to trial at Carlisle Assizes for indecently assaulting his 14 year old grand daughter. He was charged with incest, carnal knowledge and indecent assault. By November of the same year he was not at Scarrow Hill House as the Electoral Roll records Thomas and Florence Hewitt in residence!

We are proud of the history of our 400 year old historic building Scarrow Hill. We wish to make it clear that the Gamekeeper Thomas Andrew Hodgson lived at Scarrow Hill House (AKA Scarrow Hill Guest House) and he did NOT live at our house!


Freedom of Information Request Release

I am pleased to inform you that the document contains the following information in relation to Thomas Andrew Hodgson:

Justices of High Court of Justice HOLDEN AT THE COURTS, CARLISLE On Monday, the 22nd day of May, 1950.

Hodgson, Thomas Andrew, 59, game keeper.
Offence - Indecent assault.
Tried before Streatfield, J. 23 May, 1950.
Plea - Guilty
Sentence of the Court - 3 years' imprisonment.