There are several towns called Brampton. We visited the one near Carlisle in Cumbria last week, and spent an enjoyable couple of days cycling near this small market town with a long history.
Hadrian’s Wall is twenty minutes by bike from the centre of Brampton, though it’s an uphill ride to the hamlet of Banks, where there are the remains of two turrets and part of the Wall.
Above is a photo of the atmospheric old church about a mile north-west from Brampton, down a track towards the River Irthing. We found the small roads around Brampton a joy to cycle, mainly because there were very few vehicles but numerous historic sites of interest.
There’s been a settlement at Brampton since the 7th century, and there are several good pubs in the centre of the village.
It depends how you classify them, but there were plots, risings, rebellions and attempted invasions by the Jacobites/French in 1689, 1691, 1696, 1708 (Ireland), 1708 (Edinburgh), 1715, 1717, 1719, 1722, 1744, and 1745 (I may have missed some). It seems that these guys didn’t know when to quit. Small wonder, then, that when the Jacobites turned at Derby, after realising that they did not have enough support in England to continue their 1745 rebellion, moved back north to Scotland, and abandoned their troops holding Carlisle, the locals took things into their own hands. The Duke of Cumberland retook Carlisle in December 1745, before marching north to face the rebels at Culloden on 16 April 1746. From what I can gather, it wasn’t until 21 October 1746 when six Jacobites were dragged through the streets of Brampton to the Capon tree, where they were hanged, drawn and quartered. Their names were Colonel James Innes – Forfarshire Regiment, Captain Patrick Lindesay – Kilmarnock Regiment, Ronald Macdonald – Clanranald Regiment, Thomas Parr – Manchester Regiment, Peter Taylor – Manchester Regiment, and Michael Dellard – Manchester Regiment. So, it would seem that the officers were from Scotland, and the uncommissioned were from England.
The photo above show the monument that has been erected on the site of the Capon Tree.