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Cockermouth Post Article February 2011

The Market Place area is one of the oldest parts of Cockermouth. It has seen many changes and the disappearance of landmark buildings such as the Old Hall (famous for having given shelter to Mary Queen of Scots back in 1568), and the Moot Hall (a ‘moot or assembly place where meetings and courts were held’ according to Bernard Bradbury). The area had a large number of inns, including the Sun Inn (now 1761), the George & Dragon, the Ship (now the Castle Bar), the Red Lion, the Joiner’s Arms, and many more. Some people will remember Luchini’s shop and café (demolished in 1973). We have quite a large collection of old photographs relating to this area but there are relatively few for the years 1920s onwards up to the 1960s. If any of our readers have photographs that we could scan and return, we would be pleased to hear from you. Do you have particular memories of that part of town that you’d like to share? – maybe you were one of the families who lived in part of the Old Hall? Please get in touch and pass on any information.

Our picture (circa 1950s) shows Bonnington’s photographers and Linton Tweeds, located in Red House (now Carlin’s and Bamboo Restaurant). To the left was Moffat’s fruit and vegetable shop (now the Allerdale Court Hotel), and to the right are the petrol pumps of John and Harry Dickson’s garage (later to be the Keswick Motor Co.). Note the gas lamp to the right of the picture.

Gloria Edwards

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