In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Cockermouth like this:
Cockermouth, town and township, Brigham par., Cumberland, at confluence of the Cocker and Derwent, 25 miles SW. of Carlisle by rail and 302 miles NW. of London, 2425 ac., pop. 5353; 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Monday and Saturday; has considerable trade, and mfrs. of linens and woollens, hats, hosiery, and paper. In the neighbourhood are extensive coal mines. C. is a place of considerable antiquity. Its castle, dismantled by the Parliamentarians in 1648, and now a ruin, was built soon after the Conquest. Cockermouth returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Cockermouth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Allerdale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Cockermouth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cockermouth, in Allerdale and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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