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Above drawing of Brough Castle by Ed Thomas, Warcop and below, Brough Castle by Ron Baldwin, Church Brough.


A new history of Brough

Margaret Gowling has written a new book 'The Story of Brough-under-Stainmore' which was launched at Brough Castle Farm on Friday 17 June. The book is available from local bookshops or from the publisher, Hayloft Publishing Ltd.

Holly Night

Twelfth Night, or Holly Night, was formerly celebrated at Brough, by carrying through the town a holly-tree with torches attached to its branches. The procession set out at 8 o'clock in the evening preceded by music, and stopped at the town-bridge, and again at the cross, where it was greeted each time with shouts of applause. Many of the inhabitants carried lighted branches as flambeaux; and rockets, squibs, &c, were discharged on the joyful occasion. After the tree had been carried about, and the torches were sufficiently burnt, it was placed in the middle of the town, when it was again cheered by the surrounding crowd, and then was thrown among them. The spectators at once divided into two parties, one of which endeavoured to take the tree to one of the inns, and the other to a rival inn. The innkeeper whose party triumphed was expected to treat his partisans liberally.
From Hone's Table Book, 1838, p. 26 ; Handbook for the Lakes, Murray, 18G6, p. 113.


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