The Fox Tower, Brough, Cumbria

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This building of a tower intrigued me on our travels to Scotland a couple of weeks ago, so I took a couple of photos, so that I could check it out when we got home.  I found out it is ‘The Fox Tower’ which was built as part of a large estate for John Metcalf Carleton in 1775. Mr Carleton was an industrial entrepreneur who lived at Helbeck Hall, a Georgian Gothic style mansion he had built outside Brough, Cumbria. Little is left of his cotton mill and the function of the Tower remains a puzzle, but it was probably built as folly for enjoying the splendid views across the Eden Valley.  I took the photo just as we had passed Brough Castle on the A66, the tower it is on private land, but you can get a good view from the road.  I did have to zoom right in, so the photos are not that clear, but I found the tower interesting. because it reminded me of the shape of tin mines in Cornwall and where some are perched on the edge of cliffs, similar to this tower.

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May 2016

6 comments

  1. I’ve never seen this, Lynne, but we’ve driven past Brough many times! Will keep an eye open now. There are quite a few castles on that road, as well, worthy of a second look! But we’re always on the way to somewhere else.

    1. We did mange to have a look at one on the way back last week, and joined English Heritage, as I am now classed as a senior…..its a lot cheaper, might as well make use of it 🙂 But we are thinking of having a long weekend there, because of all the castles and interesting little towns, as you say, its somewhere you never have time to stop and explore.

  2. This looks so interesting – I’m sure there’s a story behind it. We have a good amount of old early settler and Revolutionary War ruins here in the northeast US, but never a tower like that!

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