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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: St Michael's church, built with stones from the Roman fort
St Michael's BellsThe 12th century parish church of St Michael's is built atop the granary of the Roman fort and is partly built with stones from the fort, as are a number of other local buildings. In 1626 raiders from Scotland stole a pair of bells from St Michael's, only to lose them while making their way back across the Solway Firth. The villagers retaliated by raiding north across the firth and made off with bells from churches of Dornock and Middlebie.
A tradition arose that each time a new vicar of Annan takes office, the vicar must petition Bowness for return of the bells. Yet here they sit, in the church porch, as they have done for almost 4 centuries.
One ostensible reason for the railway viaduct being destroyed was that thirsty Scots would cross on Sunday in search of a drink, to take advantage of England's more liberal alcohol laws. Somehat the worse for wear, they would make their unsteady way home after a drinking bout and more than one was lost in a fall from the viaduct. Truth or fiction?
Stretching away from Bowness is a large area of sand dunes, salt marshes, and shingle beds where a wide variety of sea birs gather. The wildlife makes Bowness a good centre for bird-watchers. There are several viewpoints and lay-bys handy for watching the local avian life along the shore. Commonly spotted species include dunlin, curlew, godwit, redshank, and oystercatchers.
If you fancy some refreshments after exploring Hadrian's Wall, Bowness's pub is the Kings Arms, a traditional Cumbrian inn.
Don't mistake THIS Bowness for the very popular and much larger Cumbrian village of Bowness-on-Windermere!
Address: Bowness, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On a minor road 1 miles west of Port Carlisle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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