Tourist Information in Cumbria and The Lake District
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Whitehaven Town Information




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This was an important industrial town in the 18th century after the Lowther family laid it out on a grid pattern to facilitate the export of coal from their local mines. It became the largest port in the country behind London and Bristol. The first place many visitors head for is The Beacon, a harbour side museum which describes in detail the highs and lows of this seaside town on the Irish Sea.

George Washington's grandmother, Mildred Warner Gale, lived in the town and is buried in 19th century St. Nicholas Church, now a ruin following a fire in 1971. Another famous State-side connection emerged in 1778 when the privateer John Paul Jones destroyed a shore battery during the American War of Independence.

Whitehaven Harbour - Photo © Humphrey Bolton
Whitehaven Harbour
Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL