Has an uninterrupted view north to the Solway Firth and Scotland and south to the Lake District fells, and its name means ‘‘beautiful hill’. Hadrian’s Wall ran through Beaumont and it was the site of one the Roman milecastles (a small fort built at an interval of one Roman mile). A Norman motte (castle) and bailey (courtyard) was then built on the site before it became the site of St. Mary’s Church. The courtyard continues to be geographically defined to this day, in Beaumont’s Village Green.
Roman stones from the Wall and milecastle would have been used by the Normans and then re-used again in the construction of the Church; look for stones with a criss-cross marking, these are thought to be Roman.
The rich history of the border village continued with an unsettled period before the crowns of England and Scotland were united in 1603. Edward I (known as ‘Edward Longshanks’ or ‘The Hammer of the Scots’) passed through here in 1307 on a campaign against the Scots before dying of ill health a few days later on Burgh Marsh. Robert the Bruce also encamped here with his army for five days in 1322. The villagers would also have to contend with the notorious Border Reivers!
Today the area is popular for its peaceful landscapes, abundance of wildlife, historical importance and great walking. It is on the route of the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, a long distance (84 miles / 135km) footpath that runs between the west and east coasts of the World Heritage Site.