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The market is the heart of a good Thursday and Saturday, but our web traders are contactable every day.
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Whitehaven Solway (Civic) Hall
(Revived in 2015) Lowther Street
Whitehaven CA28 7SH
Contact: 07730175956/07920163092 or 01946690970
Email: thesolwayhall@hotmail.com


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History and features
Pubs of Whitehaven
Basking Sharks!

Shipbuilding history
The Egremont Ugly Contest

Whitehaven slave traders
web site for St Bees

Whitehaven as she was in her Heyday
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Fantastic Web site
on the Kells Brake

The most important man on the job, the brakesman


Taxpayers to the Rescue?

After lying derelict for over a decade plans are being pushed ahead for a redevelopment of Whitehaven's old bus station.
The total Bus Station project cost is £4.1m, of which Sellafield Ltd is providing £2.6m. It will create a hothouse for tech, digital, media, and creative start-ups.
Alongside units for fledgling firms, the plan includes:
• Conference and meeting space for 75 people; (So what's wrong with the Civic Hall!)
• An artisan food and drink outlet, open to the public;(So the town needs another cafe??)
• Health and wellbeing facilities.
The scheme is part of the Energy Coast'sTransformation Programme, which seeks to leverage public and private sector investment to help grow and diversify the West Cumbrian economy.. Find out more...


Number of Copeland Councillors Slashed

Proposals for Copeland from the Electoral Commission mean that by the time of next election... Copeland should be represented by 33 councillors , 18 fewer than there are now.
Copeland should have 17 wards, eight fewer than there are now..
The recommendation should receive Parliamentary approval before the next election.Full report...


Spot the Mineshaft near you!mineshafts map
An interactive map shows the many mine shafts that pepper the area around Whitehaven and Cleator Moor. This information has been extracted from the national coal mining database, held and maintained by the Coal Authority. Go to the interactive map....
And see more on the area's mining...

New undersea coal mine plans advanced in 2018

st bees
Pictured is an offshore drilling platform drilling to test for layers of coking coal off St Bees Head.
West Cumbria Mining hope to start the extraction of coking coal off the coast of St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells. Coal would be treated at a processing plant using around a third of the former Marchon site and covered by a dome, before being transferred to a train loading facility on a siding built by WCM south of the new Mirehouse train station.
See also the history of mining in Whitehaven


Heritage Group Memories
Michael moon and swift mural

A new booklet by Margaret Crosby "A Passion for Whitehaven" outlines the work of the Heritage Action Group, including funding this 2013 mural showing the town's connection to Gulliver's Travels and Jonathan Swift. The book is an ideal Christmas pressy from Michael Moon's bookshop.


Haunting pictures before 2017 demolition show 'ghost' nightclub ...The Park

Park nightclub
Now in 2017 demolished, what was previously the town's swimming pool, then became a nightclub, known to many from past decades as The Park. Featured in the Daily Mirror this picture of the sad interior remains of the Park nightclub. Pic by Dave Wilson.


Whitehaven's Mutineer...
tall ship

How one of the mutineers on the Bounty escaped the hangman's noose....Read on


Breezy Day at Whitehaven! (December 5 2013)


Sweet Virginia and Whitehaven
tobacco advert
Read about Whitehaven's role as the tobacco trading hub for Europe & the links with the early US colonies.

Whitehaven as she was
in 1847...
Fascinating detail in this reproduction from a Gazetteer from 1847....
William Pit

Cumbria's Slavery Connections

ONE of the first times a black slave was permitted to share a white person’s burial plot in England happened in Whitehaven in 1700. And the Whitehaven burial in St Nicholas’ churchyard, of the slave called Jane, was in defiance of the then law stating that no African could be buried in a churchyard. The burial was that of the slave servant of Mildred Gale, grandmother of the first US president, George Washington. More.....


Setting Sail out of Whitehaven
sail ship
Before the days of SatNav Whitehaven seamen set out at the mercy of the winds and tides from Whitehaven....many of the ships and their skippers are recorded in this web archive...
How the Queen Mum helped keep rare Slave Goblet in Whitehaven
Find out how Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002 made the anonymous gift...

Steam at Lowca

Atmospheric video on the footplate of steam shunter working at Lowca....you can almost smell the steam and coal dust!


Whitehaven's Mutineer
How a Whitehaven seaman was involved in the famous Mutiny on the Bounty..find out more.

TAKE A STROLL!
Take a guided walk around the town .....

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Memories of the 2005 Maritime Festival
Queen's Visit 2008
On June 5 2008 Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were cheered by around 10,000 wellwishers along the harbourside. The event marked the 300th anniversary of the grant of the Royal charter for the harbour.
See the actual Royal document in which Queen Anne granted Whitehaven her harbour.
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Old Harbourside Scene
Harbour office from old postcard, Courtesy of Serge

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Low Level Jet through the Lakes
flight video link
Try this video from the cockpit of a Typhoon over Wales and the Lake District...