Magna Britannia: Volume 4, Cumberland. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1816.
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Monasteries, Colleges, and ancient Hospitals.
The Austin monks had a priory at Carlisle; and it is observed, that when the church was made a Bishop's see, it was the only episcopal chapter of that order in England. The same order had a priory at Lanercost. The Benedictines had a priory of monks at St. Bees, and another at Wetheral, both cells to the abbey of St. Mary in York. The same order had a nunnery at Armathwaite, in the Parish of Croglin, the site of which is now called Nunnery, and another at Seaton alias Lekelay, in the parish of Bootle. The Cistertians had an abbey at Calder, and another at Holme-Cultram. The Black friers and Grey friers had each a convent in Carlisle, and the Grey friers another at Penrith. There is said to have been a religious house of ancient foundation at Carlisle, another at St. Bees, and a third at Dacre, destroyed by the Danes: David, King of Scotland, is said to have founded a nunnery at Carlisle: of these monasteries we have no further particulars. The churches of Greystock and Kirk-Oswald were collegiate. At Carlisle was an Hospital for 13 lepers, dedicated to St. Nicholas, and at Wigton an hospital and free chapel dedicated to St. Leonard.
Boroughs and Market-Towns.
This county returns only six members to parliament; two knights of the shire: two burgesses for Carlisle, and two for Cockermouth. Both Cockermouth and Egremont sent burgesses to the parliament at Westminster, in the 23d year of Edward I. It does not appear that Egremont ever received another summons. Cockermouth was restored in the year 1640, and has ever since returned two members.
Mr. T. Denton enumerates 15 market-towns in this county in 1688. He has omitted Hesket: probably the market was established, and the place acquired its present name of Hesket-Newmarket, since that time. The market is now very inconsiderable. Maryport market is of course of later date, the town having been long since built. The markets at Workington also have been established within the last century. The market at Allonby is quite of modern date.
|Market Towns.||Market Days.||Commodities.|
|Abbey-Holme, or Holme-Cultram||Saturday (in the summer only)||Butchers'-meat, &c.|
|Alston-Moor||Saturday||Butchers'-meat, oatmeal, potatoes, &c.|
|Brampton||Wednesday||Corn, potatoes, butter, &c. &c.|
|Carlisle||Wednesday and Saturday (which is the chief market)||Corn, cattle, provisions of all sorts.|
|Cockermouth||Monday||Corn and provisions.|
|Egremont||Saturday||Corn and provisions.|
|Hesket||Friday||Butchers'-meat and other provisions.|
|Keswick||Saturday||Corn and provisions.|
|Longtown||Thursday||Butchers'-meat, &c. (famous for cranberries in the season.)|
|Maryport||Tuesday and Friday (the latter the principal market)||Butchers'-meat and other provisions.|
|Penrith||Tuesday||Corn, and all sorts of provisions.|
|Ravenglass||Friday (fn. n1)||Butchers'-meat.|
|Whitehaven||Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday||Butchers'-meat, fish, flour, oatmeal, &c.|
|Wigton||Tuesday||Corn and provisions.|
|Workington||Wednesday||Corn and provisions.|
|Saturday||Butchers'-meat and other provisions.|
The following places had formerly charters for markets, which have been long ago discontinued; Greystock, Hayton, Kirk-Cambock, Kirklinton, Melmerby, Millom, Seaton, and Skinburness. The market at Skinburness, two or three years after the grant, was removed to Kirkby-Johan alias NewtonArlosh.