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Maryport Town Information

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Maryport Harbour - Photo © Pat Pierpoint
Maryport Harbour - Photo: Pat Pierpoint CCL

Founded in 1749, this interesting former coal and iron-ore port was named after Mary, wife of the Lord of the Manor Humphrey Senhouse II and daughter of the Bishop of Carlisle. It has neat terraces of sandstone houses and was at one time the most important port in Cumbria.

Its past is brought to life at the town’s Maritime Museum, which contains fascinating reminders of Fletcher Christian, the matelot who led the mutiny of the Bounty. He was born in Cockermouth in 1764. Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line, was also born here. Nearby stand the remains of a Roman Fort, Alauna, an outlying bastion of Hadrian's Wall, which held back the Picts. A visit to The Senhouse Roman Museum reveals the story of the Romans occupation of these parts.