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.
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 ResourcesAdditional resources from recent projects include the following:
Cockermouth Amateur Theatre Website (will open in new window)
Loweswater Cemetery - External link to the Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society's St. Bartholomew’s Churchyard inscriptions.
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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