Whitehaven Old Quay

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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An English Heritage Grade II Listed Structure

The development of the harbour in Whitehaven started with the beginning of the Irish coal trade. In 1634 Sir Christopher Lowther built a stone jetty, now known as the Old Quay. It is one of the oldest remaining coal wharves in Britain. This was extended in 1655 and again in 1687.

The buildings on the Old Quay are the Watchtower (built in the 1730’s) and on its left, the Pier Master’s Watch House (built in 1764).

The tower has a sun dial on its side, about mid way up. It was never a lighthouse, it was in fact the harbours’ signal station used to communicate, by international code flags, with approaching vessels giving them authority to enter the harbour and/or arrange a pilot for entry.

Whitehaven, on the West coast of Cumbria, England was the last place in Britain to be attacked by American naval forces. On 23rd April 1778 during the American War of Independence, John Paul Jones arrived in Britain with the intention of setting the whole merchant fleet on fire. The alarm was raised, and he retreated forthwith. Another American link is that Mildred Warner Gale, the grandmother of the American president George Washington, was buried in the grounds of St Nicholas’ Church in Whitehaven, on 30th January 1701.

The Old Quay is an English Heritage Grade II Listed structure, List Entry: 1086804.

The Old Quay Watchtower is an English Heritage Grade II Listed structure, List Entry: 1086805.

The Pier Master’s Watch House is an English Heritage Grade II Listed structure, List Entry: 1390499.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
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Related shots can be found at: Cumbria, England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Harbour Life : 3 Aug 11
Featured in : Cumbria…..Outside The Park : 25 Nov 11

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