Wigton – Cumbria – Facts About the Town

The small market town of Wigton – Cumbria is located in the county of Cumbria in England. It is ideally located along the Lake District coast. The town is a busy and growing commercial hub of the Solway Plain. The Solway Plain is a region enclosed by the Solway Coast and the Cladbeck Fells. It is easy to reach the town by railway line along the Cumbrian Coast. You can also travel by road along the A596 and through the A595 to reach Carlisle.

Wigton is an old town that was developed before the medieval age. It started as a street that still exists today. Roman invaders once established a cavalry in the south side of the town. The existence of Wigton is traced to about 100AD. During the time, it was a Norman barony that gained its market status in the year 1262. The town planning is a typical medieval plan. However, most buildings in the town are designed in Georgian architecture.

When you take a walk to the town’s marketplace, you will find an interesting historical feature in the centre of the market. Built around 1872, the George Moore Memorial Fountain stands in the centre of the town. It features a bronze sculpture by Thomas Woolner. The sculpture is a four piece bronze art surrounding the fountain. You will also see the St Mary’s Church which dates back to 1788. The site around the George Moore Fountain was once occupied by a 12th century church. 

After visiting the south side, you must take a look at the northern side. An old private school called “Brookfiled” exists. The secondary school was established in 1876. Also known as the Friends’School, the secondary school opened its doors with only eight pupils. The enrolment increased as time went on, reaching more than 250 pupils between the 1970s and 1980s. The school could not accommodate any more pupils and it was closed in the 1980s.

Wigton is a developing town known for its annual livestock auctions. In 2004, the town attracted the attention of the media for its temporary laws on teenage vandalism. It received a lot of coverage from Sky News and other broadcasters. The laws were effective in curbing teenage vandalism, and there has been less incidences of vandalism since then.

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