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Cockermouth Town Information

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Cockermouth Castle - Photo © Humphrey Bolton
Cockermouth Castle - Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL

This characterful market town in the north of Cumbria lies on the edge of the Lake District National Park and is where the rivers Cocker and Derwent meet. It was not only the birthplace of Fletcher Christian, the leading mutineer on the famous ‘Bounty’, but also William Wordsworth.

His boyhood house (Wordsworth House) was almost demolished in the 1930s to make way for a bus station. Instead it was handed to the National Trust. It was owned by the poet’s father, John, who lived there rent free, and his employer, Sir James Lowther, of Lowther Castle.

The church of All Saints celebrates Wordsworth’s life in a stained glass window while the tomb of the poet’s father lies in the churchyard.
The town has a number of fascinating museums - including a printing museum and toy and model museum - as well as the 19th century Jennings Brewery, where visitors can enjoy guided tours and sip some fine ales.

Cockermouth Brewery - Photo © Humphrey Bolton
Cockermouth Brewery - Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL