In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Maryport like this:
Maryport, market town and seaport, Cross Canonby and Dearham pars., Cumberland, at mouth of river Ellen, 5¼ miles NE. of Workington, 28 SW. of Carlisle, and 313 NW. of London by rail, 2827 ac., pop. 8126. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. Maryport was called Ellenport until 1750, when the harbour was constructed; a new dock of 10 ac. was opened in 1884, and Maryport is now the largest port between the Mersey and the Clyde, with the exception of Barrow-in-Furness. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Shipbuilding is carried on to a small extent, and the other industries include sailcloth works, iron-foundries, flour mills, saw mills, tanning, and brewing. The herring fishery is prosecuted, and in the neighbourhood are collieries and iron-furnaces.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Maryport, in Allerdale and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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