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Cockermouth

Cockermouth is a small town on the A66 to the north of the Lake District where the River Cocker, after leaving Crummock Water and passing along the Vale of Lorton, flows into the Derwent. If you have a family connection with Cockermouth or spent an enjoyable holiday there, why not hang an historic photograph on your wall at home or in the office - or buy one as a gift for a friend whom you know has good memories of the place?

Photo of Cockermouth, the River c1955, ref. c133036
Cockermouth, the River c1955
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.

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The town provides a convenient jumping off point for people wanting to explore the areas around Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater. An easy drive also brings the visitor to the West Cumbrian coastal towns including Whitehaven, and to the western lakes Ennerdale Water and Wastwater.

Photo of Cockermouth, the Castle 1906, ref. 54998
Cockermouth, the Castle 1906
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.

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Cockermouth Castle has a long history associated with it. Mary, Queen of Scots, was temporarily accommodated here on her journey south to face her accusers, and at various times during its history the castle has been partially destroyed and rebuilt.

Photo of Cockermouth, Wordsworth's Birthplace 1906, ref. 54996
Cockermouth, Wordsworth's Birthplace 1906
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.

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Cockermouth's biggest claim to fame is that in 1770 the poet William Wordsworth was born in what is now called Wordsworth House. This fine Georgian property is owned by the National Trust, has been substantially restored to its 1770s style, and is open to the public.

Other famous people born in Cockermouth were the chemist John Dalton, originator of the atomic theory, and Fletcher Christian who played a major role in the mutiny on the Bounty.

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