Harrington History
Harrington, Cumbria - A
Photographic Archive
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Harrington harbour area at it's industrial peak

Harrington harbour area today

This site is an archive of historical photographs of Harrington, now part of Workington in Cumbria (formerly Cumberland), in the north west of England, from the scrapbooks and photo collection of the late Stanley Jackson together with those of Geoff Johnstone. Their collections cover most areas of Harrington, as well as local events, football teams, school photos etc.

The site has many pages of old photographs grouped by geographical areas or topics and accessed by the index on the left of this page.

It must be difficult for people of younger generations to imagine what a bustling industrial community Harrington was and how much has disappeared almost without trace.

On some of the pages "before and after" photographs have been included, either to identify locations, or to contrast the changes that have taken place over the years.

A painting of Harrington by H. Broderick
(from a combination of several photographs
from around 1910)

Many of these photos will be familiar, although probably not with this clarity, whereas others have not been generally available before. The photographs have been scanned and enhanced before being put onto this site to make them available to all and to ensure that a permanent photographic record is kept of the history of Harrington.

Many of the old photographs in Stanley Jackson's scrapbooks also included his comments and descriptions of locations and events and details of the people shown, e.g. in football teams, school photographs and even the bible class of 1917 (which includes the young Stanley shown here). Stanley was a railwayman all his life. Take a look at the Cleator & Workington Junction Railway pages which include Stanley and has items largely from Stanley's collection of railway memorabilia.

The photographs on this site start with Harrington being a bustling industrial community with five railway stations, a harbour full of ships, shipbuilding sheds, iron works, chemical works, brick works, sand pits, quarries and coal mines.

The Harrington of today is largely a commuter village and the harbour area (now Harrington Marina) a popular leisure facility.

One of the iron works locos at the sand pits around 1900

The original Harrington School with the initials of pupils carved into the beams
from around 1790

The captions and descriptions of the photographs are correct to the best of our knowledge (and Stanley's notes) but we welcome any corrections or additional information and especially additional photos.

Harrington History Group

Click on the link above to visit the website of the
local history group of Harrington, publishers of the
"Harrington Through the Years" series of books.

Volume 1 has several references to the Works.

Volume 2 has a special section of around 46 pages dedicated to the Harrington Works with many photos, some in colour.

Click on the link above to read more about the books and how to purchase them.


Links of Local Interest

Visit Cumbria - Harrington Index of Harrington & Workington Ships
Harrington Nature Reserve Workington & Harrington Ship Owners in 1848
Harrington Shipping 1811 Allerdale Borough Council - Harrington Harbour
Harrington Shipping 1840 Report on The Explosion at Harrington No.10 Pit
Cumbria Railways (incl Lowca) The Loss of the James Ewing
Lamplugh Heritage Society The Loss of the Ann Gambles
Harrington Magnesite Plant The Wreck of the Geltwood
Whitehaven History The Scarrows - Master Mariners of Harrington
Whitehaven on the Web Maryport History (Brilliantly funny!!)
Harrington Youth Club The Solway Plain Past & Present
Cumbria Past (CWAAS) Harrington Scouts
Industrial History of Cumbria Cumbrian Railways Association (West Cumberland)
Cumbria County Library Image Bank Oral History Group Copperas44
Cleator Moor blog Hartlepool Magnesia Works (includes Harrington)

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