Brougham Castle

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Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13th century by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont. His great keep largely survives, reinforced by an impressive double gatehouse and other 14th-century additions made by the powerful Clifford family, Wardens of the Marches. The castle thus became a formidable barrier to Scots invaders. Though both James I and Charles I stayed here, Brougham was in poor condition by the time of the Civil War. It was thereafter restored as a residence by the indomitable Lady Anne Clifford (see also Brough Castle and the Countess Pillar): she often visited with her travelling 'court', and died here in 1676. Today, the site features an introductory exhibition, including carved stones from the nearby Roman fort. There is a wheelchair route to the castle ruins, which enables disabled visitors to make a circuit of the site and read the interpretation panels.

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Countess Pillar

A monument erected in 1656 by Lady Anne Clifford of nearby Brougham Castle, to commemorate her final parting here from her mother. On the low stone beside it, money was given to the poor each anniversary of their parting.

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1 1/2 miles (2.4 km) SouthEast of Penrith, off A66.


Opening times (1 April - 30 September):
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