- Eamont Bridge
Eamont Bridge is a small village immediately to the south of
The village is named after the
River Eamontand straddles the boundary between the ancient counties of Cumberlandand Westmorland. In fact one of the houses in the village is called the "Welcome Inn" and was at one time the Welcome into Cumberland Inn.
There are two ancient sites in the village, namely the earthwork known as King Arthur's Round Table and the much better preserved
Mayburgh Henge. Both sites are under the protection of English Heritage. There is a splendid example of vernacular architecture in the centre of the village: [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/273936 the Mansion House] .
The southern or Westmorland half of the village lies within the civil parish of
Yanwath and Eamont Bridgewhereas the northern part (Skirsgill Lane and Kemplay Bank) is within the unparished areaof Penrith. For other local government matters Eamont Bridge lies within the Eden District wards of Eamont, Penrith South and Penrith Pategill and the Cumbria county council electoral divisionsof Penrith Rural, Penrith West and Penrith East.
There are two
pubsopposite each other at the southern end of the village.
The village lies on the
A6 roadand before the opening of the M6 motorwaywas a notorious bottleneck due to the narrow bridge over the River Eamont which is still today controlled by traffic lights.
12 July 927, Eamont Bridge was the scene of a gathering of kings from throughout Britain as recorded in the " Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" and the histories of William of Malmesburyand John of Worcester. Present were Athelstan, Constantín mac Áeda, Owain of Strathclyde, Hywel Dda, and Ealdred son of Eadulf.
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