Cockermouth Heritage Group
Cockermouth Heritage Group
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Cockermouth was essentially an industrial town one hundred years and more ago, thanks to its abundance of water power. The woollen industry, tanning, hat manufacture, weaving, milling of all kinds, brewing, linen and cotton thread manufacture were some of the important industries.

The Heritage Group holds a large collection of artefacts relating to aspects of life in Cockermouth in years gone by, including its industrial past. Other artefacts include domestic items used within the home, clothing and accessories. Additionally, Cockermothians liked to make good use of their leisure time and we have artefacts reflecting those activities.

Our large photographic and ephemera collection reflects all aspects of Cockermouth life, and we are grateful to those who have donated, or allowed us to copy, their photographs. We offer our thanks too to photographer Harold Burslem for his work on our photographic collection. See the Photographs link below for sample images that we hold.

General Resources

Puzzle Page
Georgian Costume Archive

Other Items

We have several old Trade Directories, IGI for Cumberland, 1858 Post Office Directory, many old maps and various publications that we can consult for local history queries. We also hold a copy of Henry Wake's 'Monumental Inscriptions in the graveyards of Brigham and Bridekirk' (inscriptions for 1666-1876)"

Project Resources

Additional resources from recent projects include the following:

Other Information Sources

Please note that the Whitehaven and Carlisle Record Offices hold records of many kinds relating to Cockermouth, invaluable for family and local history research. Additionally, Workington Library holds a large collection of the West Cumberland Times dating from the 19th century on microfilm – contact details on Related Links

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