We live in Brampton and love living here, but there is another Brampton, located an ocean away, which our city is named after. It is much older and was recently visited by a resident who calls this Brampton home.
Brampton, Ontario, resident Leif Overgaard Jorgensen recently toured the U.K. and made a stop in Brampton, a small town located within the district of Cumbria in northwest England. Jorgensen prepared a collection of photos and submitted them exclusively to Stand UP for Brampton for us to share with you.
The “olde” Brampton was founded in the 7th century, and today is home to 4,627 residents. The town consists of many historic buildings, shops and homes, surrounded by pastoral fields.
According to Jorgensen, the name “Brampton” takes its origins from the early settlers who immigrated to England from Holland. The Dutch word brombaer in English means “blackberry”, and ton is “town”, so “blackberry town” became Brampton.
Brampton is a small market town and still features its original town hall with a distinctive clock tower. The octagonal structure is located in the centre of Brampton and today houses the tourist information centre.
The original cobblestone streets and the heritage buildings give the town a very authentic look and feel.
Jorgenssen says he travelled to the town specifically to take photos of the original Brampton for all of us to be able to see and enjoy.
Thank you, Mr. Jorgensen!