19th March 2019
Entry: Visitors are most welcome
Location: Quaker Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Penrith
The De Veteriponts came to England with William the Conqueror; William De Veteripont is recorded in action at the battle of Seniac. By marriage and by royal gifts from kings of England and Scotland the family acquired estates in Cumberland, Westmorland, Berwickshire and Wigtownshire. They also held lands in Devon and Huntingdonshire as well as retaining their original estates in Normandy. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the De Veteriponts were prominent in the life of this area. Robert De Veteripont was King John’s right-hand man, holding the strategically important castles of Brougham, Appleby, Brough and Bowes. His older brother, Ivo de Veteripont, was a hot headed warrior who fought in the Crusades and in Scotland against the Galwegians. The family members were benefactors of several abbeys, including Shap. Thomas de Veteripont was Bishop of Carlisle, another, Robert, was Sheriff of Cumberland and at times family loyalties were torn between England and Scotland.