Exciting Historical Facts & Gripping Tales in Gilsland

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Mumps Hall

Mumps Hall

When the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway opened in 1838 giving ease of access to this area of North England, the village of Gilsland began to grow in size. The Victorian times saw Gilsland transformed into a magnet for travellers wishing to sample its fresh air and famous spa waters. The natural beauty of the area has resulted in much of the land around about being designated as a National Park, with the added benefit of World Heritage Site ‘Hadrian’s Wall’, running through the village.

Tourists from all over the world come to see the ancient monument, built over 2000 years ago, which stretches coast to coast from Newcastle to Cumbria. Any portion of the wall will excite, with museums containing historic artefacts and signs of daily life centuries ago. Roman ruins include one of the best preserved Milecastles at Poltross Burn, where you will find the remnants of an oven in which the Roman soldiers would have cooked their food. There are also a clear set of steps leading to a probable lookout post at the top of the wall. Milecastles, as their name suggests, where built every mile along Hadrian’s Wall, giving people strictly controlled access from one side to the other, most likely after paying a toll.

Gilsland has its infamous past inhabitants too, one of these being landlady Margaret Teasdale, who ran a hostelry for travellers called Mumps Hall. The inn had a bad reputation, and it not only provided a resting place for weary travellers, but also welcomed the local robbers and looters onto its premises. One story recounts how a traveller who was returning from a fair or market, unwittingly had his guns tampered with in order that crooks could waylay him as he continued on his journey. Luckily he checked the guns immediately after leaving the inn, and reloaded them with gunpowder. Sure enough the rogues appeared before long, in the middle of a desolate location, but fled once he had put them in the picture!

There are a host of fascinating tales about places in the vicinity of Gilsland, and a wealth of breathtaking countryside to enjoy. A range of quaint and comfortable B&B’s, guest houses and hotels are scattered here and there and will soon be joined by the Brooklands B&B, giving you plenty of choice when you visit. We are looking forward to getting to know you, and our new website will include details and information to make your stay a pleasant one.

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Hadrian's Wall by eGuide Travel

Hadrian’s Wall by eGuide Travel

Perhaps one of the most popular and frequently visited destinations in the UK, is the World heritage site known as Hadrian’s Wall. This fascinating tourist attraction played a significant role in the history of Britain at the time of the Roman invasion, and it has remained a source of wonder down through the years.

The sheer scale of Hadrian’s Wall, makes it a magnet for historians with its world class archaeology, walkers who enjoy spectacular landscapes, wildlife enthusiasts interested in rare species and sightseers who like adventure.

There is something for everyone along the length of Hadrian’s Wall, even dynamic cities or secluded villages where you can sample the local wares and pass the time. They say that Hadrian’s Wall, is where the Romans are still part of everyday life 1,600 years after they left.
Historic sites and family friendly museums along Hadrian’s Wall from Tyneside to Cumbria, astound visitors with magnificently preserved relics and stunningly reconstructed Roman buildings.There are some amazing places to stay, at various locations along Hadrian’s Wall, including the highly popular village of Gilsland. The wall actually runs through Gilsland making it the perfect spot for anybody seeking a relaxing and informative break. This small, peaceful North England village has nearby public footpaths, cycle trails and bridle paths to enjoy, the nearest towns being Haltwhistle and Brampton. Fishing is a much loved pastime in Brampton, and people who appreciate horse riding usually head for Haltwhistle. There are several other places of interest to see around the area such as picturesque Thirlwall castle, Triermain Castle, Milecastle 48 and Gilsland Spa.

In Glilsland, you are also ideally located to explore the North Pennines, Eden Valley and the Scottish Borders. The mysterious Popping Stone, traditionally associated with courtship and marriage proposals is situated in the vicinity of the Irthing Gorge near Gilsland. Local legend has it that this is the place where Sir Walter Scott proposed to Margaret Carpenter in 1797.

You can find some wonderful places to stay in and around Gilsland including B&B’s, guest houses and hotels. An exciting new addition to the accommodation on offer will be Brooklands Bed & Breakfast, which will provide a delightfully comfortable and friendly atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. At the Brooklands B&B, we will welcome all guests, with a calm and pleasant place for you to make yourself at home, unwind, enjoy delicious food and recharge your batteries. We are looking forward to meeting you when you visit the area for holidays, breaks or fact finding tours, and will do our best to create somewhere you will want to return to time and again.

We will be posting more blogs like this with snippets of interest over the next few months, and full details will be available on our new website, due for launch in September, so watch this space!

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