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Kirkbampton houses by Barbara BallardKirkbampton, a farming village, lies in Allerdale near Carlisle. It is a designated conservation area and home to several listed buildings. A village hall dating from the 1930s was closed due to dereliction and a new one completed in 2001. A primary school serves the children of the village.

St Peters church dates from Norman times and is a Grade I listed building. It was restored in 1882. The north and south doorways are original, as are two small round-headed windows. The east window is contributed Kirkbampton church by Barbara Ballardto Morris, Burne-Jones and Co. The chancel walls have stones purloined from Hadrians wall. The Norman chancel arch sits on responds with scallop capitals. The most famous feature of the church is its sculptured tympanum. The church has a leper squint, or dole window. This was used by the priest to hand out doles to the lepers and for the lepers to see the service.

Fans of Sir Walter Scott may want to visit the area as it was the setting for his novel, Red Gauntlet. Views of the Solway Firth are on offer.

Kirkbampton houses by Barbara Ballard

Photos by Barbara Ballard

Kirkbampton is located on the B5307 six miles west of Carlisle.

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