- A detailed description of Bewcastle may be found in Bulmer's 1884 Directory of East Cumberland (cited above). Our own description is organized to allow you to more quickly find specific information to aid your research, but it is hoped, and strongly recommended, that you read the short history presented here as well and dig a bit deeper once you're hooked. So take a look at Bewcastle from here; and if you're in the north of England, a visit is tremendously enhanced by a bit of homework and things are far easier to find with the aid of one of the Ordnance Survey maps, either the Landranger 86 or the more detailed Pathfinder 532. Take a jacket, and a lunch.
[Don Noble, 1996]
You can see pictures of Bewcastle which are provided by:
- Few, if any, modern roadmaps will show any reference to Bewcastle as it is not on any modern highway. In earlier times, however, it was the parish's location astride the highways of the times that led to its fascinating history. To the Romans, it was on the way to the Land of the Picts, or rather on the way from there, a route for attackers approaching Hadrian's Wall and a site apparently worth defending with a major fort. After the Norman conquest, and until the union of the Kingdom's, Bewcastle was the route of many armies and bands of marauding reivers. Bewcastle was important by an accident of geography, but that leaves us, today, with more records, and far more lively tales, than if the parish was in some more pastoral spot.
You can see the
administrative areas in which Bewcastle has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY566746 (Lat/Lon: 55.063966, -2.681061), Bewcastle which are provided by: