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Church of St Michael Burgh by Sands
NY 329-591 Cumbria England

Church of St MichaelChurch of St Michael is a 12th century stone Norman church, which was defensible. Standing within the Roman fort of Abbalava on Hadrian's Wall, its stone was used in the building of the church. In the mid 14th century a defensible three storey square west tower, with massive angle buttresses was added. The ground floor with its tunnel vaulted roof is only lit by a narrow western slit and a later gun-loop in the north wall. A draw-bar through an iron yet with bolts above and below, secured the entrance from nave and a newel staircase gives access to the upper levels. Altered in 1713 and restored in 1881, the church is unique in having adjoining defensible towers on the east and west ends. In 1307, King Edward I died encamped on Burgh marshes and for 10 days he lay in state in the nave, until his son Edward II and the Court came to pay their respects. 4 miles west is Drumburgh Castle.


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Church of St Michael is located in Burgh by Sands, 5 miles north-west of Carlisle, on the B5307-local roads.

The site is freely accessible in daylight hours.

Car parking is by the side of the road.


Church of St Michael pictures and large castle map
Church of St Michael Picture 1Church of St Michael Picture 2Church of St Michael Picture 3Castle Map of the Area

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