An ancient market town,
Ulverston was granted its first charter in the
13th century and still bears reminders of the past
in the form of historic buildings and cobbled
streets. It also boasts a 90ft replica of the
Eddystone Lighthouse, a permanent tribute to
Ulverston-born Sir John Barrow, the explorer who
founded the Royal Geographical Society.
Despite twice being burned down by the forces of Robert the Bruce, by the 18th century the town had been transformed into a port, largely because of the construction of a canal enabling ships carrying ore and slate to reach local quarries. The mile-long canal is the shortest in England.
Ulverston’s modern claim to fame, however, can be found at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. In photographs and other memorabilia it celebrates the genius of both Stan Laurel – who was born in Ulverston – and his movie comedy partner Oliver Hardy.