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A GUIDE TO THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE ON THE SOLWAY COAST

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MARYPORT

Maryport is an attractive coastal town, with sweeping views over the Solway estuary, shoreline walks, lively pubs, unique shops and visitor attractions such as the Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport Maritime Museum, Senhouse Roman Museum and The Wave Centre. The delightful harbour area has been extensively re-developed and is an ideal place to take in the sea air strolling between the docks to view some of Maryport's fishing fleet.  There is also a sailing marina.

Maryport was built on a grid system and has an industrial history of coal and iron mining and ship building. There was once also a tannery and a cotton mill. In Roman times Maryport's harbour was used to supply the Roman fort on the 200ft high cliffs at the north east end of the town, which was the main head quarters for the Roman's coastal defence system. Today Maryport remains a busy litte town and has much to offer visitors.

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Maryport around 1720 was a small hamlet of fishing huts and a farmhouse. The hamlet was then known as Ellenfoot due to its position relative to the river Ellen and was part of the estate of Nether Hall which belonged to the Senhouse family. In 1756 Humphrey Senhouse changed the name, by an Act of Parliament, to Maryport in honour of his wife Mary.

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