....over the Castle

Stevie Mancini

Joined February 2008

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Light Over The Castle

In what must be one of the most attractive settings for a castle in all of England, Brougham Castle rests on a low rise beside the River Eamont, a few miles east of Penrith. The location is superb, and the castle does not disappoint

Brougham dates to the early 13th century but the site was used much earlier by the Romans. The old Roman fort of Brocavum was laid out on a shelf of land above the present castle, and many of the stones used by the Romans were later incorporated into the medieval castle structure

Broughton was begun by Robert de Vipont (Vieuxpont), one of King John’s most powerful northern barons. Vipont constructed a simple keep, entered by way of a stair to the first floor with access through a defended forebuilding. THe whole complex was surrounded by a wooden pallisade

In 1268 the castle passed to the Clifford family, and it was Robert Clifford who, in 1283 extended and fortified the castle into roughly the style we can see today. Clifford was one of Edward I’s strongest supporters in his war against the Scots, and Clifford needed a stronghold capable of withstanding attacks from north of the border. Robert Clifford added a double gatehouse flanking an inner courtyard, quarters for a garrison, and a stone curtain wall to replace the earlier timber wall. He also added the Tower of League, intended as quarters for important guests. Edward I is known to have stayed at Brougham as a guest in 1300

The next major changes to Brougham came a century later, when Roger Clifford, grandson of Robert, added further domestic buildings to the castle complex. Brougham was eventually sacked by invading Scots in 1388. Large sections of the castle were destroyed by a fire iin 1521

The final inhabitant of note was Lady Anne Clifford, who inheirited Brougham in 1649 at the age of 60. This remarkable woman spent the last 26 years of her life restoring the Clifford family prperties in the north of England, including the castles of Skipton, Pendragon, Appleby, Brough, and of course, Brougham. Lady Anne Clifford eventually ended her long life here in 1676. A mile or so away from Brougham is the Clifford Memorial, built by Lady Anne to mark her last parting place from her mother. Access to the memorial is difficult, and the best view is driving west on the A66 towards Penrith


This is the full colour version, my cropped mono version can be seen here “…..Light Over The Castle":http://www.redbubble.com/people/steviem/art/101...

I pushed the treatment a bit further in this work. Im pleased with the dramatic results it has produced.

Thanks for taking the time to look!


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