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Highcliffe Castle, Dorset


in the county of Dorset

St Osyth in the snow

St Osyth

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in the county of Cumbria

About Brampton

Picturesque market town with origins stretching back to the 7th century. One of the loveliest features of Brampton is its octagonal Moot Hall, built by the Earl of Lancaster in 1817, this now houses the town's tourist information centre, but does not detract from the overall historic nature of the building which continues to be the main focus of attention in Brampton's pretty market-place. King Henry III granted the town its first market charter, a market was first held here in 1252. In 1606, James I granted a charter, a copy of this is displayed in the Moot Hall.

Much of the charm of Brampton centres upon its quantity of ancient properties, some lining cobbled streets. It has buildings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, thus covering a variety of architectural designs with the properties being mainly built of local red sandstone, giving a unifying feel to the town. Of great interest is the house where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed, this dates from 1603, it is now a shop but a plaque on the wall records that this was where he received the keys to Carlisle upon its surrender. Other noted buildings include The Scotch Arms, a former coaching inn from the 18th century, the old police station from the 1860's, and the White Lion Hotel which dates 1790.

During the 18th century Brampton founded its fortunes on the cotton industry and picturesque old weavers cottages can still be seen, along with homes belonging to the period when mining became important to the town's economy.

These days Brampton operates very much as a resort town, it is ideally situated for Carlisle, the Solway Firth, the Borderlands Forest Park and the Scottish lowlands. It offers everything any tourist could wish for including a beautiful parish church designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb. St.Martin's Church was built of re-sandstone in 1874, it has wonderful windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones, which were made in the studio of William Morris. Outside the church lie many interesting gravestones, these include the 19th century grave of Lizzie Batey who was known as the "Brampton Witch".

Brampton is set amongst spacious countryside, the delightful River Irthing flows close-by and within easy reach is the beautiful country centre Talkin Tarn with its miles of rolling farmland and magnificent 65 acre lake.

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Carlisle Rail Station

Carlisle (33 Pictures) in the county of Cumbria

(8.6 miles, 13.8 km, direction SW of Brampton)

For over 1700 years this town occupied an important position on the Scottish-English border, few town's have experienced such turbulent times, but strangely Carlisle has little.....

St Augustine's Church, Alston, Cumbria

Alston (32 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Cumbria

(14.9 miles, 24.0 km, direction SE of Brampton)

At a height of over 1,000 feet in the far reaches of the Pennines, this is one of England's highest market towns. Alston is a lively bustling place of steeply rising narrow.....

The Church at Whitfield, Northumberland

Whitfield (2 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Northumberland

(15.6 miles, 25.1 km, direction E of Brampton)

This is a picturesque village lying amongst sprawling open countryside criss crossed by dancing streams, tributaries of the River West Allen...

Nent Valley, Nenthead, Cumbria.

Nenthead (14 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Cumbria

(19.1 miles, 30.7 km, direction SE of Brampton)

Nestling beside the sparkling River Nent, Nenthead lies on Alston Moor, in a lonely remote North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between the pleasant market town of Alston and the Killhope lead mining museum...

A wall on the walk to the grouse hunting marshes near Allendale, Northumberland

Allendale Town (23 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Northumberland

(19.7 miles, 31.7 km, direction E of Brampton)

This picturesque Northumberland village enjoys a lovely location in the fine hill and dale countryside of the beautiful East Allen Valley...

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Just before the snow arrived... -  - taken at Talkin Tarn country park

Talkin Tarn Country Park (26 Pictures)

(2.1 miles, 3.4 km, direction SE)

This lovely country park occupies a magical landscape close to the historic market town of Brampton. The icy waters forming the.....

Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, Cumbria.

Carlisle Cathedral (17 Pictures)

(8.7 miles, 14.0 km, direction SW)


Looking back toward to inner entrance of Carslisle Castle

Carlisle Castle (9 Pictures)

(8.8 miles, 14.2 km, direction W)

Set in the scenic surroundings on the northern outskirts of Carlisle, the castle built by William Rufus in the late 11th century.....

Long Meg & her Daughters (Maughanby Circle)- near Penrith, Cumbria

Long Meg & her Daughters (14 Pictures)

(15.2 miles, 24.4 km, direction S)

The 12 foot high mass of sandstone known as Long Meg can be found close to a circle of smaller "daughter" stones in a spectacular.....

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall & Housesteads Fort (36 Pictures)

(17.3 miles, 27.8 km, direction E)

Wild and evocative remains of the Roman Empire's most northerly defences, with panoramic views. Roman barracks and some of the.....

A picture of Kielder Water

Kielder Water (27 Pictures)

(19.0 miles, 30.6 km, direction NE)


Langley Castle Hotel, Tynedale, Northumberland

Langley Castle (3 Pictures)

(19.1 miles, 30.7 km, direction E)

Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the.....

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