The History of Maryport

on the North-West coast of England

Famous Visitors

Over the years, many famous people have visited Maryport, here are but a few.

L.S. Lowry.

L.S.Lowry, the famous Salford painter (who was born and raised on Barratt Street in Old Trafford, Manchester) visited Maryport many times, always bringing his brushes and paints with him. Lowry painted the Maryport lighthouse and the houses on several Maryport streets, even though they had been painted six months earlier by Allerdale Borough Council, however, he was not responsible for painting the Wavering Hotel "Puke Green"

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Charles Dickens.

It is said, that while Dickens was staying at The Golden Lion Hotel (Senhouse Street) he got his inspiration for "Bleak House". Whilst there is no historical evidence to support this, it really wouldn't be surprising that it were true.

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Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill stayed in a small room above The White Star during the second world war. It was during his stay, that he wrote his famous wartime speech............................

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
and we will not let them step on our blue suede shoes.

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