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For this month’s article, I have a photograph looking east along Main Street at the turn of the last century. When presenting slideshows and at Heritage Group exhibitions, there is often confusion between the Edward Waugh Memorial Clock and the Savings Bank Clock and misinformation regarding the Mayo Statue itself. I have been informed that the Memorial Clock was taken down and was put above the Savings Bank. I would like to furnish readers with the correct information based upon research by one of group founders J. Bernard Bradbury, West Cumberland Times and the Whitehaven Records Office.


The Cockermouth Savings Bank had been established in 1818 and was erected in 1846 next to the Courthouse. On top of the building was a large clock, made by Cockermouth Clockmaker, Christopher Tatham. The cost of the clock was £70.80, met by Public Subscription. The clock was lit at the town’s expense, until the erection of the Waugh Memorial Clock in 1893. The Savings Bank moved further down Main Street and eventually became part of Lloyds Bank which closed this year.


We then have standing in the middle of Main Street, the statue of the Sixth Earl of Mayo. His statue was erected in 1875 at a cost of £800 and unveiled on the 19th August 1875. He was the MP for


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honour the town’s solicitor and last MP. In 1893, a clock was ordered from W. Potts and Sons of Leeds. As you can see from the image, the clock was not placed in the centre of the street in 1893. In May 1932, the council decided the clock must come down and in August of that year, the clock had been demolished. The dials and movement were sold to a Leeds man for a mere £4.50.


Looking East along Main Street


Cockermouth from 1857 until 1868 and in 1869, was appointed Viceroy and Governor General of India. He was assassinated in India in 1872.


Early one morning in 1964, a tanker hit the statue and Mayo fell to the ground. The statue was put together again and re-erected by Walker Bros (Cockermouth) Ltd and pointing the same way as first erected, not as several people thought, pointing the wrong way.


Edward Waugh was Cockermouth’s last Member of Parliament while the town remained a separate constituency. The Waugh Memorial Fund was opened to


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The council decided to fix an explanatory plaque from the clock to the front of the Courthouse and to place the bell and a large photograph of ‘Neddy’ in the Library. The bell is now at the rear of All Saints’ Church.


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