Welcome to Brough, Cumbria
(used to be Westmorland but that was back in the day...)
eastern gateway to the Upper Eden Valley, the Howgills and the Lake District
Brough is a village and civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England, nestling under the Pennines on the Swindale Beck. It lies within the historic boundaries of the ancient county of Westmorland and is about eight miles south-east of Appleby, the former County Town of Westmorland.
Holding a prime position as a staging post for travellers moving across the North of England, Brough's roots can be traced over two thousand years back to the Romans through Medieval times to the Victorians [arguably its heyday]. Today it still offers a warm and friendly stop over with a variety of places to eat, drink and stay and a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the local landscapes, history, geology, farming in the community, flora and fauna.
Historically divided into Market Brough and Church Brough (which adjoins to the south and is centred on the Castle and St Michael's Church) in 1977 this division was made physical by the construction of a dual carriageway 'bypass', taking the A66 away from the village main street and bringing relief to the long suffering residents - effectively dividing the community geographically but not spiritually.
The village is on the site of the Roman fort of Verterae, or Verteris. The fort, which once occupied the land to the south of the Swindale Beck, is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Brough Castle was originally built within the northern part of the former fort in the 11th Century and has had many changes through its history. It is now in the care of English Heritage. There are many other features of historic interest and the Town Trail offers a comprehensive guide to the visitor.
Photographs of Brough can be found on the Images page
Clock Tower Centenary
Brough's historic clock tower, incorporating, at the top of the spire a carved stone which was the top of the much older Market Cross, is celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012. The clock, pictured above, was built by public subscription to commemorate the Coronation of King George V, father of King George VI, featured in the Oscar winning film 'The King's Speech'.
Site updated 8 March 2017