Whitehaven

Whitehavens Maritime Festival in 2005. (Visit Cumbria)
 
 The memorial to the many miners of the Whitehaven area overlooking the harbour. (Jan Fialkowski/Visit Cumbria)

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The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world.  The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town' and voted one of the top 10 seaside resorts in the UK. 

The town does not date back to Roman times but, as there are the remains of a Roman fort at Parton 1.9 km/1.2 miles to the north, Roman boats may have used this part of the coast.

The town's prosperity was built on coal, developed by the wealthy Lowther family who also laid out the Georgian town. At one time, Whitehaven had the deepest under sea colliery in Britain and the whole harbour was full of railway lines bringing coal and produce to the ships. Whitehaven was also home to the British rum trade and this is commemorated now at The Rum Story.

It was so important for trade that it was invaded by the new Americam navy, under John Paul Jones in 1778. However, the many merchant ships were so wet that they would not burn and all, invaders and locals, retired to the pubs and the Americans sailed away the next morning.

The historic 17th century harbour, enhanced by nautical sculptures, dramatic lighting effects and a brand new marina, is the focus for spectacular maritime events and activities including the occasional visit of tall sailing ships.

From art and craft exhibitions to theatre and music events, Whitehaven offers a broad spectrum of creative and enjoyable entertainment for all!

Regularly changing art exhibitions are housed in the downstairs gallery at The Beacon. This is the area's harbourside museum with permanent exhibitions and a changing art gallery.

Rosehill Theatre and Cinema - One of Cumbria's most charming small theatres offering a lively programme of music, comedy, drama, dance and film. The listed building, acclaimed as a ‘rose-red silk-lined jewel box', was built by Sir Nicholas Sekers (founder of West Cumberland Silk Mills at Hensingham) and converted from a barn in the grounds of his house outside Whitehaven.

Whitehaven Pottery - Fine quality china and earthenware are produced at this working pottery in the centre of Whitehaven. Many items are decorated with scenes from Whitehaven's industrial and maritime history.

Whitehaven Civic Hall - Entertainment venue for a diverse range of music, theatre and comedy.

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For information about Whitehaven's festivals, see www.thewhitehavenfestival.co.uk  

 

 

 

 

Overlooking Whitehaven and the harbour from the south. (Visit Cumbria)

 
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