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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Edward I Monument
St Michael's ChurchBurgh's parish church dates to the 12th century, so it would have been an old building by the time Edward I was brought here. Edward would not have known the embattled west tower, however; it was added in the middle of the 14th century. It served as much for defence as any religious purpose; like many Cumbrian churches St Michael's was built to harbour villagers in event of an attack from across the border. The tower acted as a pele, with access only through a narrow doorway defended by an iron gate.
The church is built with stone from Hadrian's Wall and stands within the foundations of a 2nd century Roman fort built to defend the Wall. It seems likely that it was built on the site of one of the most important Roman buildings. Most of the church is Early English, with the exception of the 18th century east windows.
The Edward the First MonumentIn a lonely spot on Burgh Marshes stands a monument of red sandstone marking the spot where, according to tradition, Edward I breathed his last. The monument, square in plan and topped by a cross, was erected in 1685, though the top is a different style and may have ben added in the 18th century.
It took our family roughly 10 minutes to walk down to the monument. Its very striking, but it really is a shame there is a railing around it, which makes it very difficult to read the inscription. The location is superb, however, and I found myself imagining what it must have been like for Edward and his army as the king lay dying in this remote spot over 700 years ago.
Edward I StatueThere is a second memorial the the Hammer of Scots; on the village green near the Greyhound inn stands a bronze statue erected in 2007 to mark the 700th anniversary of the king's death. The sculpture was created by Christopher Kelly and paid for by Story Construction. It was unveiled in a ceremony led by HRH The Duke of Kent.
King ArthurBurgh-by-Sands is known for its links to 2 kings. We've heard about King Edward I; the other is the legendary King Arthur. Burgh has been suggested as the location of Arthur's Avalon, and the site where his sword Excalibur was made.
Address: Burgh-by-Sands, Cumbria, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On a minor road 3 miles west of Carlisle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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