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Since I was a small boy my visits to Bucklesberry (the house in the first photograph below) conjured up all sorts of images in my mind. Although the name of the croft is Bucklesberry, the house with the chimney was always called the cabin, or 'kaybeen' in the local dialect. The curve in the ceiling was pointed out to me and I was told I was sitting in the deck cabin of a sailing ship which had been shipwrecked on the Quoydyke in 1879. (In the photo the cabin is enclosed behind brick walls.) I never imagined it would play such a part in my life over the coming years.

Elaine and I were married in 1983 and the cabin, with an extension on the back, became our home. We, along with our children Norman and Rosemary, were the last family to live in the cabin which was occupied for 123 years.

When the original gallery was extended, we decided to preserve and incorporate this piece of maritime history into the new building. The self-build took about three years from start to finish.

WHEELING STEEN is Old Norse for 'Resting Stone'. Our aim was to create a restful, welcoming, place of interest for visitors. I hope to some extent at least we have been successful.




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