Saturday, 19 February 2011

Whitehaven - a little town with a big history :)

Once the fourth most important port in England after London, Bristol & Liverpool.

One of the many anchors around the harbour representing the history of the town including shipping coal, sugar from the West Indies, exported lime & rum, slave trade and fishing.

Scotland is in the background behind the lighthouse

Whitehaven Harbour - the scene of the last invasion of Britain by John Paul Jones on April 23rd 1778 just after midnight with 30 men - he was unsuccessful and fled to Scotland.  He was later pardoned at one of the Maritime Festivals.

The Candlestick - reputedly designed by the Lowther family who lived in Whitehaven Castle - the design was taken from a pair of the Baronets favourite candlesticks in 1750.