Brackenhill Farm and Tower

  • Description

    "In the distance can be seen the top of Brackenhill Tower. The Tower is a unique example of a Scottish vernacular style tower house located in an English County. Formerly this area was known as the Debatable Lands. An area notorious for its inter family feuds and cross border allegiances, neither Scotland or England had any control over the Debatable Lands and as the name suggests neither country was keen to claim this lawless area. The Tower was built in 1584 by the infamous border reiver Ritchie Graham on the site of an earlier tower perhaps dating back to the 13th Century. All other tower houses of this style ended up being officially Scottish once the border was drawn up leaving Brackenhill a unique example of a Scottish Clan tower house built in the Scottish style but on English soil. The Tower, and adjacent Jacobean cottage, are now let out as luxury self-catering holiday accommodation." Photo by Oliver Dixon, 2011.
  • Owner

    Oliver Dixon
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 4 years, 6 months ago
    Viewed: 361 times
    Picture Taken: 2011-04-29
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