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MONUMENT NO. 5186

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The village of Branton, now with a large chapel and school, is reputed to have been formerly of greater extent. However, no evidence of this can be ascertained. There was a tower here in 1584 but nothing is known of its earlier or subsequent history. A mansion, no longer extant, was built here in 1695 and the tower may have been used to provide building material. Alternatively, it may have been destroyed in 1680 in a conflagration which struck the village. The latter may explain a story that its foundations were seen opposite the Presbyterian chapel in 1864.

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