Originally a true border town with the threat of Border Reivers and vagabonds to worry people this was not
a quiet and pleasant town.
However in the 19th century the spa facilities became very popular and Sir Walter Scott visited the town and
proposed to his fiancee on the "Popping stone".
This video is taken from the Gilsland show and feature Cumbrian Wrestling.
and here is the Google map for Gilsland. If you zoom out you can see the empty land to the north and the
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Featherstone Castle and POW camp 18