Images Of Whitehaven Past

Nostalgic scenes from around Whitehaven. Slums, to haunted faces; misery to celebration.  Travel back in time with this evocative gallery. Take in the views of Whitehaven down the ages. Reminisce over past times while experiencing the decay and destitution which resulted in demolition of huge swathes of the town.

101 PHOTOS OF OLD WHITEHAVEN...

Whitehaven Cab & General Posting Company
Whitehaven Cab & General Posting Company

King Street, Whitehaven
King Street, Whitehaven

Queens Cinema, Whitehaven
Queens Cinema

Lowther Street, Whitehaven
Lowther Street

Arrowthwaite, Whitehaven, 1966
Arrowthwaite

William Pit & Brocklebanks Shipyard, Whitehaven, 1888
William Pit & Brocklebanks Shipyard

Sugar Tongue Fish Cart
Sugar Tongue Fish Cart

New Star Hotel, Scotch Street, Whitehaven
New Star Hotel, Scotch Street

St James Infant School, Whitehaven
St James Infant School

Bransty Railway Station, Whitehaven
Bransty Railway Station

Re-Opening Of Bransty Tunnel, Whitehaven
Re-Opening Of Bransty Tunnel, 1958

SS Wythburn Colliery Vessel
SS Wythburn Colliery Vessel

South Row, Kells
South Row, Kells

Screen Lasses
Screen Lasses

Ribton Lane
Ribton Lane

Preston Street, Whitehaven
Preston Street

Nurses & Children At The Old Whitehaven Hospital (Castle)
Nurses & Children At The Old Hospital

Wellington Row Observatory
Wellington Row Observatory

High Street, Whitehaven 1910
High Street

Kings Arms, Harmless Hill
Kings Arms, Harmless Hill

The Last Shift, Haig Pit, Whitehaven
The Last Shift, Haig Pit

All's Well In This Airway At 4 O'Clock. Thirty Five Men And Boys. J. Moore. Recovered After Wellington Pit Disaster, Whitehaven. 1910
All's Well In This Airway - Wellington Pit Disaster

Castle Row, Newhouses, Whitehaven
Castle Row, Newhouses

Inside The Seamen's Bethel
Inside The Seamen's Bethel

The Grand Hotel, Whitehaven
The Grand Hotel

H50 Submarine Visiting Whitehaven, 1934
H50 Submarine Visiting Whitehaven

Morris Minor Saloon, Lowther Street, Whitehaven 1930
Morris Minor Saloon, Lowther Street

Haig Pit, 1922 Disaster
Haig Pit

Marchon Drift
Marchon Drift

Haig Pit, Whitehaven
Haig Pit

Haig Pit Man Rider, Whitehaven 1960
Haig Pit Man Rider

Harbourside Railway, Whitehaven
Harbourside Railway

Whitehaven Market
Whitehaven Market

Finlays Tobacconist Shop, Whitehaven, 1950
Campaigning Against Low Pensions

Coal Hurries - Used To Load Coal Into Ships
Coal Hurries

Mines Rescue Team
Mines Rescue Team

William Pit Loco Shed, Whitehaven
William Pit Loco Shed

Wellington Pit, Whitehaven
Wellington Pit

Mr T. Miller & His Coal Cart, Whitehaven
Mr T. Miller & His Coal Cart

Corkickle Brake, Whitehaven
Corkickle Brake

Wellington Pub, Whitehaven
Wellington Pub

Ribton Lane Fire Lighter Factory, Whitehaven
Ribton Lane Fire Lighter Factory

Port Of Whitehaven, 1967
Port Of Whitehaven

Lowther Street, Whitehaven
Lowther Street

Corkickle Railway Station, Whitehaven
Corkickle Railway Station

Dusty Miller Public House, Swingpump Lane, Whitehaven
Dusty Miller Public House

Whitehaven Borough Brass Band
Whitehaven Borough Brass Band

Whitehaven Ladies Football Team, 1917
Whitehaven Ladies Football Team

The Whitehouse, Strand Street, Whitehaven
Strand Street

Whitehaven Built, Lord Shaftesbury
Whitehaven Built, Lord Shaftesbury

Lifeboat Elizabeth Leicester, 1925
Lifeboat Elizabeth Leicester

Ladysmith Pit Washery, Whitehaven
Ladysmith Pit Washery

Kells Co-op
Kells Co-op

St Gregory's Chapel, Whitehaven
St Gregory's Chapel

Bardy Lane
Bardy Lane

Mount Pleasant, Whitehaven
Mount Pleasant

Newtown, Whitehaven
Newtown

The Embankment, Whitehaven
The Embankment

Strand Street
Strand Street

Tannery Bridge, Scotch Street, Whitehaven
Tannery Bridge, Scotch Street

Tangier Street, Whitehaven
Tangier Street

Bransty Arch, Whitehaven
Bransty Arch

Queen Street, Whitehaven
Queen Street

Swingpump Lane, Whitehaven
Swingpump Lane

Old Arrowthwaite, Whitehaven
Old Arrowthwaite

The Beehive, Whitehaven
The Beehive Drapery Establishment

Whitehaven Swimming Baths, 1937
Whitehaven Swimming Baths

Tall Ships In Whitehaven Harbour
Tall Ships In the Harbour

Rabbit, Hare & Gun
Rabbit, Hare & Gun

Rear View Of St. Nicholas Church
Rear View Of St. Nicholas Church

Sailors Rest
Sailors Rest

Thirlmere berthed at Sugar Tongue 1874
Thirlmere berthed at Sugar Tongue 1874

Brocklebanks Shipyard, Whitehaven
Brocklebanks Shipyard

Whitehaven Workhouse Donkey & Cart
Workhouse Donkey & Cart

William Pit, Whitehaven
William Pit

Whitehaven Market, With Lock-Up For Prisoners
Whitehaven Market, With Lock-Up For Prisoners

Longmire's Court, Whitehaven
Longmires Court

West Strand c1904
West Strand

Barney The Goose
Barney The Goose

Bransty Railway Station
Bransty Railway Station


Woods Court / Mark Lane, Whitehaven, c1960
Woods Court / Mark Lane

The Harbourside
The Harbourside

Marchon Trader & Venturer
Marchon Trader & Venturer

Dixons Fishmongers, & St Gregory's and St Patrick's Church, Whitehaven
Dixons Fishmongers, & St Gregory's and St Patrick's Church

Wellington Pit, Whitehaven
Wellington Pit

Hensingham
Hensingham

Queen / Roper Street
Queen / Roper Street

New Road / Bransty
New Road / Bransty

Sandhills Lane, Whitehaven
Sandhills Lane

Union Terraces, Upper Scotch Street, 1965
Union Terraces, Upper Scotch Street

Corkickle
Corkickle

Theatre Royal, Whitehaven
Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Orchestra
Theatre Royal Orchestra

Whitehaven Harbour, 1940
Whitehaven Harbour

Swing Bridge, Whitehaven Harbour
Swing Bridge

Coal Hurry, Whitehaven Harbour
Coal Hurry

Behind The Old Buttermarket, Whitehaven
Behind The Old Buttermarket

West Strand, 1958
West Strand

Harbourside Cranes, 2002
Harbourside Cranes

Whitehaven Harbourside
Whitehaven Harbourside

Whitehaven, 1933
Town Of Whitehaven

TRENDING ON HERETOFORE

The Workhouse



ABOUT WHITEHAVEN
Whitehaven had been small harbour and fishing village from 13th century or earlier. Expansion began in mid-17th century with building of piers by Lowthers 1632-4 and 1679-81 and granting of market charter 1660. By the 1680s it had grown rapidly, expanding from village of c.30 households in early 17th century to a town of over 1,000 inhabitants by 1685, which more than doubled to 2,281 by 1696. Sir John Lowther had laid out grid of streets by 1680s, making Whitehaven the earliest planned new town in post-medieval Britain.

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