Brampton

Potted History

One of the bigger conurbations, some 4,000 people live in this handsome sandstone enclave which nestles in a hollow gouged out during the ice age. There are several striking features to the town, among them St Martin’s Church, famous as the only place of worship designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb. St Martin’s contains one of the most exquisite sets of stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and executed in the William Morris studio. On the outskirts of Brampton lies the Old Parish Church built, like so many edifices in the area, from Hadrian’s Wall stone. In use until St Martin’s was built in 1878, only the chancel now remains. Another fine feature is the octagonal Moot Hall, built in 1817. The Moot House has an external staircase to its upper entrance, pointed windows and a square turret. The building now houses the Tourist Information Centre. East of the town is an exceptionally large motte, about 135 feet high on top of which is a statue of the 7th Earl of Carlisle.

Places of interest

Tourist Information Centre, Moot House. 016977 3433. Lanercost Priory is an absolute must, a romantic gem built in the reign of Henry II in around 1166. When completed in 1220, canons came from the priory in Norfolk. It was unceremoniously decommissioned by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Cycle shops

Pedal Pushers Lonnings End, Lonning, Capontree Road, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1QL 016977 42387 / pedalpushersbram@aol.com