An Appleby Wall

There’s a wall in Appleby – the former county town of Westmorland – that always intrigues me. It’s situated in Bongate – the oldest part of the town – across a quiet lane from the oldest church in the place, sadly now a private home.

The old mill at Bondgate

And, at some point in its history, long before it was converted, some pieces from the church were taken from the building and incorporated into the neighbouring wall. And there they are to this day, evidence of the church’s past. A couple at least of the stones look like medieval grave slabs.

River Eden below Bongate

Why this was done I have no idea.

Bongate gets its name from Bondgate, the area of the town where, in medieval times, the bonded men and women – bound as workers to the rich, would live.

The back door of Appleby Castle.

Appleby itself was almost certainly founded by the Vikings, though there may have been a Roman signalling station by the River Eden. It was harried and burned several times by the Scots, and was indeed once part of Scotland – one reason it doesn’t feature in the Domesday Book.

The wall is a bit of the past we often walk past.

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A Boer War Memorial
The church at Bongate

(c) Text and pictures John Bainbridge

Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

6 thoughts on “An Appleby Wall

  1. Must have a look for that it looks interesting. I have a photo taken of that weir from exactly the same viewpoint (but on a sunnier day) so I must have been in that vicinity with my mother at some point – don’t remember us noticing the wall though – although it’s likely we visited the castle.

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