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.
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. 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 a new (2008) entertainment, conference, heritage visitor centre, and community centre in the heart of Maryport’s historic harbour area.
Netherhall was a large country house consisting of a C14 pele tower built largely of Roman dressed stones, with mid and late Georgian additions and alterations with additional C19 wings. In 1976 the house was derelict because of a serious fire, and was demolished in 1979 except for the pele tower.
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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