Sunday , October 22 2017

History Of Whitehaven

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Poet Laureate: William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850) was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth’s masterpiece is …

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The Slave Trade

Whitehaven Slave Trade

Abominable: Whitehaven, like many towns and cities throughout the world has a shameful past regarding slavery. This human trade in Whitehaven was deemed a necessity due to the increased demand for commodities. Traders supplied the slaves to the Caribbean plantations …

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Visitors Guide, 1869

Old Market, Whitehaven

Fine Prospect: The following has been transcribed from: The visitor’s guide to St. Bees, Whitehaven, Egremont, Ravenglass, and the surrounding country villages (by J. Williams), 1869. There is a fine prospect from Monkwray, a noble picture of the valley, Whitehaven …

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The Old Fort

Whitehaven Battery

Fortifications: The old fort on Whitehaven Harbour once had a gunpowder magazine, a guardroom and ten 18-pound cannon pointing out to sea. In the 18th century it was an important part of the town’s fortifications against invaders. Construction of the …

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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel, Whitehaven

Towering Inferno: The Grand Hotel was an important building that was host to many social events in Whitehaven, for decades. Unfortunately, in January 1940, the building came to a dramatic and unfortunate end. The hotel was located in a convenient …

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Edward Medal

Edward Medal

For Bravery: The Edward medal was introduced in July 1907, to recognise the bravery of miners and quarry-men in endangering their lives to rescue their fellow workers. It has the sovereign’s profile on the obverse while the reverse shows a …

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Saltom Pit

Saltom Pit, Whitehaven

A World First: The remains of Saltom Pit, just above the waterline at the base of the Whitehaven cliffs, is one of the most important mining archaeology sites in the country. At a seminar held in 2006, Andrew Davidson of …

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The Railway

Whitehaven Steam Train

Whitehaven Locomotives: Transporting coal from pit-head to harbour was a huge problem faced by the Lowther family in Whitehaven. For decades pack horses and ponies were used to transport coal. In 1683 John Gale, the Lowthers steward, constructed a causeway …

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I've been collecting the memories of residents of Whitehaven, since 2004, and would love to hear from anyone out there with a story to tell so that history can be preserved for future generations. If you would like to contribute to this page, please get in touch.

Memories Of Whitehaven

Sports Day

Sports Day

Amanda Garraway: It was with great interest that I read the stories submitted by Jeremy Caulfield, Caroline Hurd, and Stephen McCourt for I was their classmate and a former student at St. James Infant and Junior Schools, before immigrating to …

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Haig Pit

Sinking Of Haig Pit, 1914

David Wylie: Sadly, David passed away on 28th December 2005, but his memories can live on for future generations… Here are some random memories, not necessarily in sequence, but I hope you enjoy them. I was born in Wood’s Court, …

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The Odin

The Odin

Jeremy Caulfield: I remember the fire vividly as a young boy, at the church, watching the slates fall from the roofs as the firemen fought the blaze. Referring to Caroline’s contribution, I can remember the two engines on the docks. …

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The Beehive

The Beehive

Jeff Winter: During the 1970’s when I was a youngster my memories of Whitehaven are those of amazement and awe. Every Saturday morning after struggling with shopping and looking for bargains on the bustling market with my parents. I would …

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Grammar School

Whitehaven Grammar School

Eileen Crisp: I remember buying Whitehaven Grammar School (or Secondary as it was then) uniforms at Lucas and Cussons and hats and accessories at Hildreth and Walker. Haircuts were from the Misses Craig and shoes were bought from Charlie Bie …

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Rate Collector

Rates Receipt

William Reay: I obtained a post from the old Town Hall on Duke Street, as Collector in the Borough Treasurer’s Department of the Whitehaven Borough Council. Upon the retirement, in the mid-1930’s of Mr Edward McCray, the last of the …

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Church Fire

Fire

Caroline Hurd: I lived at 7, High Street, Whitehaven from 1964 until 1976. My father, Peter Hurd, was the deputy town clerk for Whitehaven Borough Council and then Workington Borough Council until 1974. My father was the Church Warden at …

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