The mainly Georgian market
town of Wigton, between Caldbeck and the Solway
coast, has always been a hive of activity and has
Norman roots dating back at least 1,000 years. It
has a pre-medieval town plan, which can still be
The Romans stationed cavalrymen at ‘Olenacum’ south of the town. The market place has a 19th century fountain erected in 1872. Built of granite, it features four bronze reliefs of the Acts of Mercy by the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner.
Wigton was the birthplace of both Melvyn Bragg, the television presenter, and Sir William Bragg (1862-1942) who, with his son Lawrence, won the Nobel prize for physics for their pioneering work on crystallography. The interior of the 18th century church of St. Mary's was repainted by Reverend John Ford, father of TV’s Anna Ford, in the 1950s.