The Countess Pillar
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In 1643, after 29 years of legal wrangling, Lady Anne won her court case and became owner of her father's large Cumbrian estates. The pillar marks the location near the gates to the Brougham Castle grounds where she last parted from her mother. It is a simple column of stone topped by a painted, four-faceted sundial, topped with a gilded cupola.
Beside the Countess Pillar is a flat stone where alms was given to poor of the parish each year on the anniversary of Lady Anne's parting from her mother. Both Lady Anne and her mother are buried in the parish church of Appleby.
The tricky part of visiting the Countess Pillar is actually finding it! The pillar is immediately beside the busy A66, and can be reached only via a permitted footpath parallel with the roadway (thankfully protected by trees from the worst of the traffic noise). The footpath begins at a pull-by created by a new exit off the A66 onto the B6262 to Brougham. It is not at all easy to see the pull-by when exiting the A66 (its on your left).
One easier option is to park at nearby Brougham Castle (English Heritage), and walk the short distance to the beginning of the footpath.
About The Countess Pillar
Address: A66, Eamont Bridge, Cumbria, England, CA10 2EA
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the south side of the A66, 2 miles east of Penrith and 1/4 mile east of Brougham. Open access site.
Website: The Countess Pillar
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
The Countess Pillar Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Brougham Castle - 0.5 miles (Castle)
Brougham, St Ninian Ninekirks - 1 miles (Historic Church)
Brougham Hall - 1.2 miles (Historic Building)
Clifton Hall - 1.4 miles (Historic Building)
King Arthur's Round Table - 1.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Mayburgh Henge - 1.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Penrith Castle - 2.1 miles (Castle)
Penrith, St Andrew's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
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