View Full Version : Burneside Hall Cumbria, England. 9/9/2010

20-09-2010, 07:53 PM
Wish i could of got in this place

Burneside Hall which is a 14th C. Pele Tower. These were built as a defensive function against the cross border raiding that went on involving Reivers; bands of merry men in lightweight armour and quilted jackets, carrying claymores, spears, compact crossbows and later muskets. The reivers were primarily interested in stealing cattle, but would enjoy the odd village burning, pilfering and rape if they could get away with it.These sorts of activities plagued the borders country way into the 18th C before the reiving families were politically neutralised. During a raid the bell would ring in the tower and the locals would take shelter along with any animals that they could muster.




20-09-2010, 08:53 PM
You could make it a full time job visiting these types of sites. There's at least about 90 fortified houses and pele towers dotted in and around Cumbria. Most of which date back to the 14th century.

It was Edward 1st who was determined to impose English rule on Scotland. But the canny Scots resisted and several marches were made with armies of thousands resulting in death and destruction along the way. So these structures really are quite unique.

Midnight Rambler
20-09-2010, 11:18 PM
Beautiful coloring there, that second pic is going to be my wallpaper for a bit.

21-09-2010, 07:40 AM
Nice foliage...nice ruin.