Step into Brampton's rich history

Brampton's historical churches

The town of Brampton is home to several beautiful churches, all with a wealth of history. The Brampton Town Trail takes you past two, but you can venture slightly out of town to visit Lannercost Priory or Brampton Old Church.

Beautiful Brampton

Discover the beauty of the churches

The churches in and around Brampton date back centuries and are all beautiful buildings. St Martin’s Church in the town centre was the only church designed by architect Robert Webb and contains a set of magnificent stained-glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones. Lanercost Priory also features gorgeous stained-glass windows, also designed by Burne-Jones, and Brampton Old Church is still used for special occasions today.

Gelt Woods

Beautiful woods, swimming in history

Brampton Moot Hall

Brampton’s Moot Hall stands proudly in
the town centre

Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory was founded in 1169

Talkin Tarn

Featuring a 65 acre kettle-hole lake and
120 acres of woodland

Hadrian's Wall

A wall rich with history


Churches shaped by history

Brampton’s churches all hold a great amount of historical significance to the town. Brampton Old Church was first documented in 1169 when it was given to Lanercost Abbey by Robert de Vallius, and many of the stones used to build it were taken from the Roman remains of the fort of Uxellodunum. Lanercost Priory was significant in the 12th century, being founded in 1169 as an Augustinian House of Prayer.

Brampton's Churches

A guide to Brampton's churches

St Martin's Church

Situated in Brampton's town centre, St Martin's Church is a unique building, the only church designed by the Pre-Raphaelite architect Philip Webb. Inside you will find a stunning set of stained-glass windows, one of Edward Burne-Jones' most exquisite designs.

Brampton Methodist Church

Brampton Methodist Church is the town's most recent church, being built in 1900. It was Wesleyan until the Methodist Union in 1935.

Brampton Old Church

Brampton Old Church stands just over a mile from the town centre and was first documented in 1169 when it was given to Lanercost Abbey by Robert de Vallius. The Roman fort Uxellodunum stood on the site over a thousand years before, and many of the stones used to build the church were taken from its remains. It is possible the village of Brampton originally existed on the site, later being moved to its present location.

Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory was founded as an Augustinian House of Prayer in 1169 and was once the home of King Edward I. There is a vibrant stained-glass window by local artist Christine Boyce commemorating the anniversary of his stay. Stones from Hadrian's Wall were used to build the Priory, and there is an example of church embroidery inside, designed by William Morris and hung in 1887.