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Cockermouth Main Street c.1900 (colour tinted)


 c. 1900 - looking West to the clock and the Mayo statue


"Cockermouth's best known resident is represented in the fine marble statue of Richard Southwell Bourke, sixth earl of Mayo, M.P. for Cockermouth 1857-68.

The statue was erected after Mayo was assassinated in 1872, whilst visiting the Andaman Islands as Viceroy and Governor-General of India."




Cockermouth Main Street c.1900 (colour tinted)

c.1900 - the same view looking West but from a little further back and alongside the Globe Hotel.  Now we can see the facade of the bank building at right, now Barclays Bank.



Cockermouth Main Street c.1900 (colour tinted)

The previous picture is the view as if we were standing on the 'V' of the modern day white lines. (Imagery date 2009)

However, allowing for the narrow angle of view of his lens, the photographer would need to be further back, probably standing on the white line close to here.



Cockermouth Main Street c.1900 (Wrench)




Cockermouth from All Saints Church spire with the Main Street clock circled


The scene today (imagery date 04/2010, 5 months after the flooding) from the same location as Wrench's photograph. Barclays Bank obscured by the blue scaffolding.

Between Wednesday 18 November and Friday 20 November 2009, up to 372mm (14½ inches) of rain fell on Cumbria.

In the 24 hours ending 00:45 on Friday the 20th, 314mm (12½ inches) of rain fell on Seathwaite (the wettest place in England). This is a record daily rainfall for the UK.

80% of businesses in Cockermouth were affected by the flooding

 With few exceptions almost all the shops on both sides of the street, and as far back as the bridge behind us, were still empty when this was taken.

In the distance, parked in the centre of the road, can be seen the white vans of the many building contractors engaged in renovating the shops.

About the floods:

The community:

The statistics:


“After the storm had passed and water had gone, the sun came out and sadness floated away.
After the years of hard work and sunshine Cockermouth was a town again.”




Cockermouth from All Saints Church spire with the Main Street clock circled

view from All Saints Church Spire  ~  photograph by J.T.Robinson

(the clock at the Station Street & Main Street junction is circled)

The Harris Mill Chimney is seen across the river from which the next photograph was taken by J. T. Robinson.




Cockermouth from Harris Mill Chimney (reverse view to All Saints Spire)


the reverse view as from the All Saints Church spire, seen centre of the photograph

The message on the reverse reads: "The young fellow who took this photo used to work at the shop. Shall think of you while behind the counter. Fred"


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c.1912 Cockermouth Main Street and clock from the bridge


The remarkably low number on the registration plate of the car (AO 22) tells us this was taken soon after registrations began in 1904.

"The Motor Car Act 1903 came into force on 1 January 1904 requiring all motor vehicles to be entered on an official vehicle register and to carry number plates."


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c.1920 Cockermouth Main Street and clock

c.1920 - possibly a few years earlier, indicated by the car registration AO 5847.


"The first series of number plates was issued in 1903 and ran until 1932, consisting of a one- or two-letter code followed by a sequence number from 1 to 9999.

The code indicated the local authority in whose area the vehicle was registered. In England and Wales, these were initially allocated in order of population size in the 1901 census."


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postcard: c.1920 Cockermouth Station Rd/Main Street junction, clock & RollsRoyce turning

c.1920  (an Abrahams' photograph as yet not in my colleciton)

Comparing this with the next photograph suggests that the clock was removed at some time in the 1920's, although, as yet, I've been unable to determine exactly when.


c.1930 Cockermouth Main Street with traffic island - no clock


c.1930 - by now the magnificent clock is no longer to be seen  (an Abrahams' photo )



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2013 - Cockermouth Main Street/Station Street junction


The Main Street/Station Street junction today. We see that 80 years later the chemist's shop is still a chemist's shop. (Imagery date 2009.)

Abraham's used a whole plate camera and both photographs (above) are taken at roof level out above middle of the pavement. So how were they taken? From a ladder, perhaps?


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c.1930 :  Cockermouth :  Rubby Banks : houses, the river and the bridge


Rubby Banks c.1930  :  looking south  :  the houses alongside the River Cocker with the Lorton Street (B5292) bridge and beyond that the railway bridge



 Cockermouth from the castle


a rare and unique view : date unknown : card sold on ebay for £23.58


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(Note that the copyright status of many of these photographs is unknown other than that of the Abrahams' photographs for which copyright is jealously guarded by the Abrahams' estate.)


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