Maryport in 1837
Maryport is a neat modern seaport on the river Ellen. In 1750 there was only one house on the present site of the town. The trade and manufacture connected with ship-building are flourishing. A very handsome market-house has been lately erected, and a new harbour is now building. The vessels belonging to the port are about 130 in number, and are chiefly employed in exporting coal, lime, and stone, and in importing cattle, timber, flax, and iron.
A steamer sails weekly to Liverpool in the winter, and also to the Isle of Man and Dublin in the summer season. In the town are a chapel of ease, five dissenting places of worship, a national school, and a school of industry. The chapelry population in 1831 was 3,877. The market-day is Friday. In the vicinity are the mansions of Nether-hall and Unerigg, and the village of Ellenborough, from which the late Lord Chief Justice Law derived his title. At a short distance are Tallantire-hall and Dovenby-hall.