Cumbria is a relatively new county in England when compared to most, coming into existence as recently as 1974. Cumbria is comprised of just six districts: Carlisle, South Lakeland, Eden, Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland and Allerdale.
Cumbria borders four English counties, including Lancashire, and two Scottish regions, making it an ideal location for finding antiques. Cumbria is also a very large county, although it is mainly rural, meaning many occupants of Cumbria love country-style antique furniture.
The county is also home to some areas of natural beauty, such as the Lake District National Park. The Lake District has been the inspiration for many artists throughout history, from painters and playwrights to musicians and Arts & Crafts furniture – and no doubt the inspiration for some of the more decorative antique marquetry furniture and other pieces.
As well as antiques, Cumbria is not short of history. One of the most historic constructions in Britain’s exists in Cumbria, as part of Hadrian’s Wall can be seen in the northern region of the county.
Brampton in Cumbria is the site of a Roman Fort at Birdsowald, which is located on Hadrian’s Wall. Birdoswald Roman Fort is situated high up, with views over the River Irthing. You can clearly see from the view why the Romans decided that it made a good spot for a defensive fort.
Who knows, if you scour the site near Hadrian’s Wall at the Birdsowald Roman Fort, you may even spot your own Cumbria antiques just lying around on the floor!
In addition to Hadrian’s Wall, Brampton also played an important part in English and Scottish history when Bonnie Prince Charlie, the pretender to the thrones of England and Scotland, stayed in the town in 1745 when he was on his way to London.
At the Preston Antiques Centre in Preston, Cumbria antique lovers purchase many antiques and antique furniture because the centre is ideally located just off the M6.