Welcome to this guide to the many industries that were active in this county in the centuries up to the present day.
Each entry in the A-Z list of industries leads to an article on that subject. Each of these articles is followed by suggestions for site visits, further reading, and links to relevant websites. Many of them lead further to specific examples of that industry in action.
The photo galleries display images of local industries, many of them from the Mike Davies-Shiel Collection. You can buy copies of most of them – follow this link to find out more.
What’s new? For the latest pages see:
- A walk along Ulverston’s Town Beck
- Visit to Maryport in May (N.B. change of meeting point)
- More Ports and Harbours – photos of Workington and an article on Barrow
- On the 60th anniversary of its opening, a look at Calder Hall – the world’s first industrial scale nuclear power station
- Warwick Bridge Corn Mill – new photos and a history
- The influence of the major landowners and agricultural education on Farming
- Photos of more Iron and Steel Works
- A new page on Wool with notes on some of the Woollen Mills in Cumbria
- Photos of the Derwent Iron and Steel Works at Workington
- A gasworks bonanza! Country House Gasworks updated and a new list of Independents
- A history in photos of the cotton and blue mills at Backbarrow
Thanks to everyone who has contributed material for this website – members of the Cumbria Industrial History Society, past and present; the Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society and the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society; and various individuals.
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