Category Archives: Westmorland Buildings

The historic county of Westmorland includes areas of splendid countryside such as the Eden Valley, the Lune Valley and several of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys of the Lake District National Park. It also has a wealth of interesting buildings, both out in the countryside and in its towns and villages including Kendal, Kirkby Stephen, Ambleside, Appleby, and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Centre of Appleby in Westmorland

There are castles such as at Brough, Appleby, Brougham and Kendal. You’ll find ancient churches such as the ruins of Shap Abbey hidden away in its valley, and the definitely unruined and unhidden so-called “Cathedral of the Dales” at Kirkby Stephen. At Townend in Troutbeck and Dove Cottage at Grasmere are interesting old houses. All these are part of the fascination of this historic county.


Brougham Castle by the Rivers Eamont and Lowther

Yes, Brougham was in Westmorland. Only just! The castle stands on the southern bank of the River Eamont near Penrith. The northern bank and the town of Penrith were in Cumberland. From where it leaves Ullswater to its junction with … Continue reading

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Brough Castle in Westmorland’s Medieval North

Brough Castle was built and rebuilt in the medieval period as a strategic fortress at the western end of the Stainmore Pass over the Pennines. Bowes Castle, and the nearby mighty Barnard Castle, were on the eastern side. This was … Continue reading

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