The modern town of Maryport was the creation of the Senhouse family in the 18th century, who developed the small fishing village into a coal port. It has an aquarium, maritime museum, Roman museum and The Wave Arts and Sports centre.
Like Whitehaven, it was a planned town with terraces of cottages built on a grid system, with employment centering on coal mining and ship building. The history of the town can be explored at the Maritime Museum, the Senhouse Roman Museum, and in the harbour area.
The Lake District Coast Aquarium is on the harbour.
The Wave Maryport is an entertainment, conference, and community centre in the heart of Maryport’s historic harbour area.
Maryport was the site of a Roman port, built to complement the harbour at Ravenglass to the south. A nearby fort, dating from the 5th century, was one of a series of fortifications constructed by the Romans in this area. Many of the Roman remains are now in the Senhouse Roman Museum, once a Royal Naval Reserve Station.
Churches in Maryport :
- St Mary – on Church Rd/Wood St/A596
- Christ Church on the Harbour (now closed)
- All Souls – in Netherton
- Methodist Church – in Ellenborough
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