Cleator Moor, Cumbria. Sun 2 Sep 2018
We had come to Cleator Moor on Saturday to do some shopping and I
was keen to return and take some pictures
while others were attending the church service in the local Methodist
The three piece sculpture in the market square is by locally born
Conrad Atkinson and celebrates the miners
who made the town. One part is a hand, and another a Phoenix - also
seen on the mill behind.
The town has an impressive centre, with a town hall and a Carnegie
The Methodist Church and the former Co-Op building which Lowry is
said to have made a pastel drawing of in 1950
but the building in his picture has different windows and ground flool.
Some large garages or sheds
The side of the former Co-op
The Columba Club is in the former Co-op. Lowry's drawing of the Co-Op
shows the frontage head-on and looks rather different
This impressive building was also the Cleator Moor Co-op store - and
there is still a Co-Op, now in a more modern building
Memorial donated by townspeople to their benefactor John Stirling,
owner of the Montreal Iron Ore Works and Colliery,
on the occasion of his golden wedding. One of the pioneers of the steel
industry in the UK, which began and for around 30 years
depended on the haematite iron ore from this area for use in the Bessemer
process, the Montreal mine was unique in
bringing both coal and heamatite up from the same shaft. Stirling provided
a hospital - mainly for workers injured in his
mine as Victorian working conditions were extremely unsafe
and contributed to the building of schools and churches.
War memorial with an unusual message: 'To the glory of God, and to
remember the sacrifices given by those in all conflicts'
Listed row of shops on the High St, late 19th century
Carnegie Library - the Green plaque is for L S Lowry who often visited
a friend in the town and made several paintings and drawings here
The shopfronts are an important part of this listed row of buildings,
though unfortunately not all survive
The building at right is the fomrmer Masonic Hall. The Candy Shop
is a ladies hairdresser.
High St - with a closed pharmacy at left
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