Look out for Tommy lie lodgers
Brewls, who I believe was the brother of Henry Brewls of Tritlington and the author of many farming comedies. I moved from the area in the late-1950s but was dismayed on a visit in the ’80s to discover an almost dead river. The bottom of the water was covered in silt, apparently from an overflow of the old Stobswood colliery and possibly opencast workings. My efforts to have anything done ended in the realisation that no-one wants to know. I must express my pleasure on reading John Robertson’s letter (December) about the River Lyne in Northumberland. From the age of nine in the early 1940s I fished regularly on the Ulgham Grange Water – the beat above where he fished at South Linton. My memory of those days are of a river containing many trout in the 8 oz-12 oz range and countless minnows, freshwater shrimp and snails and every stone was home to a stone loach (we called them “Tommy lie lodgers”).
The stone loach, or Tommy lie lodger, is a water-quality indicator species.