The Villages Of Dalton and Carrutherstown

A view of one of the villages

Both of these small villages are surrounded by farmland and picturesque countryside and the estimated population is approximately 420. The days when the inhabitants were mainly employed in agriculture are long gone and now there is a wide variety of employment which generally takes people to the main towns such as Dumfries and Carlisle.

Carrutherstown

A view of Carrutherstown

With rolling farmland behind, Carrutherstown also enjoys unbroken views of the Solway. The village is the more modern of the two. It has a thriving community and the benefit of Carrutherstown Primary School in its midst. There is also an active Village Hall which is in the process of being refurbished and where regular bowling evenings take place as well as a popular Youth Club. Locals can also enjoy a friendly pint at The Carrutherstown Hotel. Other places of interest in Carrutherstown are Hetland Garden Centre and close by, Hetland Hall Hotel. The well known racehorse trainer, Lenny Lungo, has his stables at Carrutherstown. In recent years South West Maize Maze has been created by Langdyke Farm and has become a popular tourist attraction in the summer.

Dalton

A view of Dalton

Dalton is an attractive and old fashioned village, nestled in gentle rolling hills with the Dalton Church as its focal point. It has changed little in the past 100 years which is evident from a large oil canvas depicting the village at the turn of the 20th century. The old school was closed in 1974 to give way to the more modern primary school in Carrutherstown. The village mainly consists of terraced workmen cottages as well as detached cottages. There is an excellent Village Hall which is used for regular yoga classes as well as community events, Like Carrutherstown, Dalton too has its attractions with the Dalton Pottery and also The Murray Arms which specialises in Thai food.

The millennium

One of the Millenium Monuments. children's handprints in ceramic tiles

The two villages came together to celebrate the Millennium by creating two monuments, one for each village. Each monument is a large sandstone block covered in tiles with handprints made by the children of Dalton and Carrutherstown. Every child has a hand in both villages which was a visually symbolic way of linking the two. The Carrutherstown Millennium monumenet is found outside the Village Hall facing away from the elements. Daltonís is at the forked junction between the Annan and Hoddam roads.