Braystones 

Braystones is a request stop.

 Braystones station, now a request halt. The beach is just to the left of this view.
 
St Bridget's church in Beckermet
 
Ancient stone with runic script
The White Mare in Beckermet.   (JT) 

Braystones station serves the villages of Braystones and Beckermet plus caravans and beach bungalows nearby. The larger village is Beckermet and lies 3 km/2 miles from the station. Braystones is close to the shore line and trains have to be requested to stop at the unstaffed station. No station car park is provided.

Braystones is right on the coast while Beckermet has a long history dating back to Saxon and Viking times. The name may be taken from the two becks (streams) and the Kirk Beck (church stream) and Black Beck meet in the village. However it is more likely that the name means "hermit's stream".

In Beckermet village centre there a couple of pubs and the White Mare also contains a small village shop and coffee room plus lending library.

The Church of St. Bridget lies in Beckermet and was built in 1842 but on the site of  a 7th century church. To the south end of the church stand the lower ends of two weathered Viking cross shafts that date from the 10th century. This church is open during the day but services are only held on 3 days of the year.

Fragments of two more ancient crosses can also be found at the church of St John in the village centre. This church was rebuilt in 1878/9. Every window ledge on the north side of the nave incorporates carvings from Viking crosses. This site probably had at least 6 Viking crosses originally.

Nearby are the grassy remains of two Norman defences and the ruined Calder Abbey (AD 1134 and 1142) but there is no public access to the abbey ruins.

It is possible that the remains of a Roman Fort called TUNNOCELUM lie in this area on the line of an old road that ran between Ravenglass and Papcastle and /or Moresby. Roman finds around Braystones and Beckermet include an altar built into the vestry wall of the church at Haile, Roman coins at Braystones, evidence of iron production at Drigg and the location of Braystones, halfway between known Roman suites at Moresby and Ravenglass.

 
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