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  • Ulverston

    The festival town

    Ulverston this pretty market is in the south lake land district of Cumbria and is known the world over due to its famous son the comedian and film star Stan Laurel, half of that famous duo Laurel and Hardy, originally the town was in Lancashire.

    The town has Norse origins with the name Ulfarr and Wulfhere representing the first part and ton meaning town, interestingly the first part of the name translates as Wolf warrior, and the towns coat of arms reflects this.

    Ulverston is known as the festival town and hosts many festivals including an international music festival, a Dickensian weekend in November that attracts scores of visitors as well as the flag festival. Visitors will also enjoy the town market on Thursdays and Saturdays with plenty of independent shops and picturesque cobbled streets, the town is pleasant to explore.

    Lookout for the Coronation Theatre this very grand looking building has an amazing statue to them on the street outside the front entrance. There is also a museum to Laurel and hardy in the Roxy Cinema at the rear of the theatre.

    High above the town sits the Hoad monument this lighthouse structure was built to commemorate another of the towns famous sons Sir john Barrow. John Barrow born in 1764 went to sea and travelled the world before becoming a Royal Navy Administrator a task he did so well that they defeated the French in subsequent naval battles.

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