Answer May 2020
Does anyone know anything about the history of this building? The old satellite dish and TV aerial might suggest it was a private dwelling in the not-too-distant past, or maybe those were something to do with the building’s use by Robbs?
The centre windows have clearly been altered from longer versions – might those have been loading bays?
There was an old police station somewhere in this area in the 19th century. This is mentioned in John Chapman’s Walk Back in Time publication (available for purchase as a download from the HLHS website), but without further clarification of the actual position of the police station.
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You may also be interested to know that an article about the whole Robbs site is planned for this year’s Hexham Historian journal, so watch out for that.
Thanks to John L. for these images.