Brampton Old Church

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Brampton Old Church
Church of St Martin, Brampton
A small bare stone building seen from an angle, a lower section with a doorway at the front, and a larger, higher section with a bellcote at the back
Brampton Old Church from the southwest
Brampton Old Church is located in Cumbria
Brampton Old Church
Brampton Old Church
Location in Cumbria
54°56′47″N 2°45′59″W / 54.9463°N 2.7663°W / 54.9463; -2.7663Coordinates: 54°56′47″N 2°45′59″W / 54.9463°N 2.7663°W / 54.9463; -2.7663
OS grid referenceNY 510 615
LocationNear Brampton, Cumbria
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated1 April 1951
Architectural typeChurch
MaterialsSandstone rubble
Slate roofs

Brampton Old Church stands about 1 mile (2 km) to the west of the town of Brampton, Cumbria, England. It was originally the parish church of Brampton but is now redundant. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]


The church was built on the site of a Roman fort situated on the Stanegate Roman road [2] some 1.5 miles (2 km) south of Hadrian's Wall.[3] The church building dates from the 12th century, with later alterations and additions. It formerly consisted of a tower, nave and chancel. The tower and nave were demolished between 1787 and 1789, although a porch was added in 1861. It was possibly re-roofed in 1891.[1] It was replaced as the parish church in 1878 by St Martin's Church in the town of Brampton.[4] The church was declared redundant in 1978 and the internal furnishings were removed.[1]


The church is constructed of red sandstone rubble, some of the stone having been obtained from Hadrian's Wall, with slate roofs. It consists of the former chancel and the porch. On the north side is the former sexton's lean-to shed. The porch has iron gates and oak doors, and on its gable is a cross finial. The chancel has a Norman window; the other windows date from 1891. In the chancel is a piscina and aumbry dating possibly from the 12th century. On its east gable is a cross finial and on the west gable is a bellcote.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Martin, Brampton (1087645)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 July 2013
  2. ^ Breeze, David J. (2006). J. Collingwood Bruce's Handbook to the Roman Wall (14th ed.). Newcastle: Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. pp. 1–512, p.455–56. ISBN 0901082651.
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (2002) [1967], Cumberland and Westmorland, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 76, ISBN 0-300-09590-2
  4. ^ St Martin's Pre-Raphaelite Church, Brampton, St Martin's, Brampton, retrieved 20 April 2010