This small village originally grew up around the village green next to the castle although there are likely to be some earlier Roman origins serving the Roman Fort Verterae. A Roman memorial stone with an inscription written in Greek, dedicated to a Syrian called Hermes was found in the churchyard. Hermes is said to be 16 years of age and was a conscripted soldier supposedly stationed at Brough. This stone is in the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge.
The church of St Michael has Norman remains and a leper’s squint. The floor slopes and contains the resting place of Gabriel Vincent, Lady Anne Clifford’s steward of Brough Castle. There is an extensive display of Brough and Stainmore heritage. Church Brough had its own markets before Market Brough and there are the remains of a market cross in the churchyard.
Brough Castle is an impressive ruin, free to enter with display boards. In the grounds is the Brough Ice Cream Parlour and children’s playground.
There is a free leaflet Brough Family Buggy loops downloadable or available at the Visitor Centre which will lead you round Church and Market Brough. Next to the Primary School leading to Market Brough is another of Andy Goldsworthy’s installations.