The History of Wigton
Wigton’s nickname, ‘The Throstle’s Nest’, originates from a soldier returning from the trenches after the First World War and looking across to his home town exclaiming ‘Away lads, it’s the throstle’s nest of all England!’.
Old St Mary’s Church in Wigton dates from 1788, however this site has been home to a church since the 12th century. A famous row of houses, Proctors Row, is near the church. Move on to The Highmoor Bell Tower which was erected by the Banks family during the Industrial Revolution and finished in 1887. Legacies of the Banks family in Wigton include Highmoor Mansion, now flats and the Wigton Baths and the Conservative Club which is now the Kildare Hotel.
There were Chartist riots in Wigton the 1830s and 40s and Market Hill was a popular site for cock fights, religious meetings and bear-baiting. Market Hill was also the site of the original livestock market.
Walking and Wildlife around Wigton
Looking for a holiday base offering easy access to not just a National Park but also to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the coast and an inland World Heritage Site? Wigton is the perfect base for walking the Calbeck Fells in the Northern Lake District National Park, for visiting nearby Hadrian’s Wall and Carlisle and for exploring hidden gem, The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Solway Coast Discovery Centre is in nearby Silloth on the coast.
Today Wigton boasts a fine selection of specialist shops, lots of real ale pubs, a selection of hotels and plenty of cafes and restaurants. There’s even a little theatre – the John Peel Theatre – and Wigton is a drop off point on the Cumbria Coastal Railway, making it most accessible to Carlisle. The perfect peaceful rural holiday or short break base, with an interesting history and easy access into the Lake District, the Solway Coast, Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall.