Brougham Castle, From The North
Photographer: Ogle, Thomas
Medium: Photographic print
View taken by Thomas Ogle of Brougham Castle in Cumbria, illustrating 'Our English Lakes, Mountains, And Waterfalls, as seen by William Wordsworth' (1864). The book juxtaposes photographs of the Lake District with poems by the English Romantic poet. Brougham Castle stands by the River Eamont 2.4 km (1 ½ miles) south of Penrith. The photograph accompanies Wordsworth’s poem ‘Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle’ (1807) which recounts the story of Lord Henry Clifford. A Lancastrian, during the Wars of the Roses he had to flee his estates and spent 24 years as a shepherd until he was able to reclaim the castle when Henry VII came to the throne in 1485. The following is an excerpt from the poem:
“Our fields rejoice, our mountains ring,
Our streams proclaim a welcoming;
Our strong abodes and castles see
The glory of their loyalty.
How glad is Skipton at this hour -
Though she is but a lonely tower!
Silent, deserted of her best,
Without an inmate or a guest,
Knight, squire, or yeoman, page or groom;
We have them at the feat of Brough'm.
How glad Pendragon - though the sleep
Of years be on her! - She shall reap
A taste of this great pleasure, viewing
As in a dream her own renewing.
Rejoiced is Brough, right glad I deem
Beside her little humble stream...”