The White House in Brampton, Cumbria was originally built as a ‘gentleman’s residence’ in 1890, although the current owners have discovered photographs which show that at least part of the house may have been built in about 1850. Its interesting history includes being used as part of the White House Grammar school, which then merged with Irthing Valley secondary modern to become what is now William Howard comprehensive, named after a local landowner and aristocratic family. Discover fascinating elements of its history dotted around the house, such as a large cupboard with ‘Latin’ still written on one of the shelves – presumably where students could find their Latin text books, or where they handed in their homework. Anyone who remembers BBC newsreader Anna Ford may be interested to know that she was Head Girl of the White House school in 1961.
The Latin connection is particularly apt with the vicinity of Brampton to Hadrian’s great Roman wall, a designated World Heritage site, but a quick look at our ‘Local Experiences’ page will provide a taster for just some of the many cultural, historic, active and epicurean possibilities within a short distance of The Sycamore Gap @ The White House.
And the Sycamore Gap itself? It’s a site about 20 miles north east of Brampton along Hadrian’s Wall, near Milecastle 39 (also known as Castle Nick). The stunning lone sycamore tree astride the ruins of the wall was used to dramatic and memorable effect in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991), featuring Kevin Costner.