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Brough Castle, Brough

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Brough Castle is a ruined castle in the village of Brough, Cumbria, England. The castle was built by William Rufus around 1092 within the old Roman fort of Verterae to protect a key route through the Pennine Mountains. The initial motte and bailey castle was attacked and destroyed by the Scots in 1174 during the Great Revolt against Henry II. Rebuilt after the war, a square keep was constructed and the rest of the castle converted to stone.

The Clifford family took possession of Brough after the Second Barons' War in the 1260s; they built Clifford's Tower and undertook a sequence of renovations to the castle, creating a fortification in a typical northern English style. In 1521, however, Henry Clifford held a Christmas feast at the castle, after which a major fire broke out, destroying the property. The castle remained abandoned until Lady Anne Clifford restored the property between 1659 and 1661, using it as one of her northern country homes. In 1666 another fire broke out, once again rendering the castle uninhabitable. Brough Castle went into sharp decline and was stripped first of its fittings and then its stonework. The castle's masonry began to collapse around 1800.

In 1921, Brough Castle was given to the state and is now run by English Heritage as a tourist attraction. It is a listed building and a scheduled monument.
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  • Stopped off here on way home from trip to Keswick. Easy to find and good parking as this is only ruins and I would not expect large numbers of visitors at any one time. Nice tea shop and picnic... 
    Stopped off here on way home from trip to Keswick. Easy to find and good parking as this is only ruins and I would not expect large numbers of visitors at any one time. Nice tea shop and picnic...  more »
  • Visited here while staying overnight at nearby Augill Castle. Great free place to visit for an hour, or two if you have coffee at the nearby cafe. (which appeared busy and popular) Parking nearby in.....  more
    Visited here while staying overnight at nearby Augill Castle. Great free place to visit for an hour, or two if you have coffee at the nearby cafe. (which appeared busy and popular) Parking nearby in.....  more »
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  • Beautiful little place. Stopped by for a coffee and a scone. Home baking at it's best. Went away with home made jam and a dozen free range eggs too.
  • Quite an interesting historical site dating back to Roman times. There are several information boards dotted around the site to give you a bit of history of the Castle. Free entry and free parking at the coffee shop next to the Castle with outside seating and kids play area. A pretty village and a nice place to stop for a break.

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