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Harrington, Cumberland

Historical Description

Harrington, a small seaport town and a parish in Cumberland, 2½ miles S from Workington and 5 N from Whitehaven. The town has two stations, one on the L. & N.W.R., and the other on the Cleator and Workington Junction railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.); also two banks, a Victoria Hall, a temperance hall, and a police station. It is supplied with water from Crummock lake. The parish has an area of 2360 acres; population, 3535; and is governed by a local board formed in 1891. The Cnrwen family are lords of the manor and principal landowners. The harbour was originally constructed in 1760, and considerably enlarged in 1891. It may now te entered by vessels of 1000 tons burden, and has two piers and two fixed lights, visible at the distance of 11 and 3 miles, erected in 1797 and 1890. For customs purposes this port is a creek to Workington. There are several collieries in the neighbourhood, and the manufacture of iron and fire-bricks is also carried on. Steel rails, iron, and coal form the chief exports. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £322 with residence. The church is an old building in the Early English style, and was restored in 1885. There are also Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, and Roman Oatholic chapels, and a meeting-room for the Plymouth Brethren. The Catholic chapel was erected in 1893 at a cost of over £2000, and is in the Early English style.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCumberland 
Poor Law unionWhitehaven 
WardAllerdale above Derwent 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cumberland, 1615 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA14
Post TownWorkington