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Coordinates: 54°56′27″N 2°43′58″W / 54.9409°N 2.7329°W / 54.9409; -2.7329

Brampton
Brampton is located in Cumbria
Brampton

 Brampton shown within Cumbria
Population 4,001 
OS grid reference NY530609
District City of Carlisle
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRAMPTON
Postcode district CA8
Dialling code 016977
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Penrith and The Border
List of places: UK • England • Cumbria

Brampton is a small market town within the City of Carlisle district of Cumbria, England about 9 miles (14 km) east of Carlisle and 2 miles south of Hadrian's Wall. It is situated off the A69 road which bypasses it. Brampton railway station, about a mile outside the town itself, is located on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.

St Martin's Church is famous as the only church designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb, and contains one of the most exquisite sets of stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and executed in the William Morris studio.

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History

The town was founded in the 7th century AD.[1]

During the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in the town for one night, marked by a plaque on the wall of the building (a shoe shop) currently occupying the location. The Capon Tree Monument outside the town centre was the scene of the 1746 hanging of six of Bonnie Prince Charlie's supporters.

In 1817 the Earl of Carlisle, built the octagonal Moot Hall, which is in the centre of Brampton and houses the Tourist Information Centre. It replaced a 1648 building which was once used by Oliver Cromwell to house prisoners.

Much of Brampton consists of historic buildings built of the local red sandstone. The rest was built somewhat later, of concrete.

Education

Brampton's secondary school is the William Howard School (William Howard website). The school's headmistress is Lorrayne Hughes. The school was named Irthing Valley School until 1980 when it was amalgamated with Brampton's White House School and took on a larger catchment area, with pupils from as far away as Alston and Penrith. White House School was turned into flats and its playing fields replaced with houses.

The town's primary school was formed from a merger the junior and infant schools on 1 September, 2008. Brampton Primary School. The head teacher of Brampton PrimarySchool is Geof Walker.

Culture

William Howard School is host to "Brampton Live" every summer, an ever growing music festival that has, since its first appearance in 1995, become the largest folk/roots/world music festival in the North of England. Major artists in previous years have included the Levellers, the Waterboys, Egudo Embako, Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Loudan Wainwright III, Altan, Tommy Emmanuel, Seth Lakeman and many others. Its contribution to Brampton's economy during the three days it runs is undoubted, and it remains a highlight of the musical calendar in the North.

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References

External links

  • www.bramptonlocal.co.uk Brampton Local- latest news, sport and community information for Brampton
  • www.border-wall.com A website for the people of the border. Carlisle and surrounding - user contributions from the people of Brampton
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