Where is Parton?
Parton is a village and civil parish on the Cumbrian coast, overlooking the Solway Firth, 1¼ miles (2 km) north of the town of Whitehaven.
What is the history of Parton Bay?
The sheltered anchorage in Parton Bay was used by the Romans, who had a fort on the high ground to the north of the present village, beneath St Bridget’s Church. The platform of the fort can still be seen today. Later, the bay was used by the inhabitants of Low Moresby, the hamlet which grew up to the east of the old fort in the Middle Ages.
When did Parton become a slum?
By the 1920s, almost all were gone, and Parton became a dormitory town for collieries around Lowca and Whitehaven. Many of the houses in the old village were over 200 years old by this time, and were classified as slums, so over the next half-century new housing estates were developed on top of the Brows- the escarpment overlooking the old port.
What happened to Parton’s industrial life?
The colliery, the engineering works and the brewery all thrived, an iron-foundry opened next to the new railway station, and in the 1870s an ironworks was established on the shore near the Lowca works. Unfortunately, the end of the 19th century was a period of industrial consolidation, and Parton’s relatively small businesses began to struggle.