Brough is a twin village. The southern part, Church Brough, lies on a former Roman road and was the setting for the Norman Brough Castle (once the site of a Roman camp). The northern area, Market Brough, is sited on a medieval road. The difference in the two villages relates to the functions they once served - Church Brough's houses stand around a market square decorated with a maypole, while Market Brough boasts a wide and long main street. The village's claim to fame lies in its 18th-19th century importance as a coaching town for the England-Scotland run. More than ten inns catered to the stagecoach trade.

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