The town of Longtown which has had a turbulent past is known as the Debatable lands.During the 14th - 17th centuries much of this beautiful are was a lawless place, best with feuds and many bloody battles, between warring families known as the Border Reivers, many of whom ancestors still live here today.
The town is situated on the river Esk, and is steeped in Roman history, with many of castles, fortifications and battlefields which bore witness to these events.
The countryside varies wild fells, natural woodlands, rich pastures and many rivers of the which meander through these Northern Borderlands.The historic site of the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542, south west of the town, which is linked to the legend of King Arthur.
Arthuret Church was built in 1150 and was originally on the outskirts of the town, this was served by the monks of Jedburgh Abbey. This was later rebuilt in 1609 in late Gothic style.
Historic Carlisle offers many treasures, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle Castle and Cathedral, together with a modern shopping centre and railway station. Today Longtown, with its wide tree lined streets was built in the late 18th century, is a thriving town offering visitors a good selection of shops, cafes, Grahams Arms Hotel. This was established by Dr Graham as a coaching inn, supermarket, butchers, newsagents, chemist, takeaways, garage and Post Office.
On the north bank of the river Esk the home of Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Auction Mart, the largest sheep market in Europe.The Esk is also renowned for its salmon fishing and West pond offers visitors daily membership to course fish or have tailored fishing courses.
To the east of the town ,some ten miles away is the pretty market town of Brampton, which hides the pre- Raphaelite treasure of Lanercost Priory, founded in 1169 by Augustinian monk's and the nearby St Martin's Church .Visitors can travel on to visit Hadrian's Wall and fortresses of Bird Oswald and Vindolanda.
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