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Church of St Michael, East Tower
NY 329-591 Cumbria England

Church of St Michael East TowerChurch 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 to build the church. The eastern single-bay rectangular vestry is probably a 15th century vicar's pele, which was described as half broken down in 1703. By the mid 18th century the tower had been reduced in height, gabled over and converted into a school house. St Michael is one of a small number of fortified churches in the border area and is unique in having defensible adjoining towers on the east and west ends. A mile east is Beaumont Motte.


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Church of St Michael, East Tower 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.


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

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