St Nicholas Church

Cumbria & the Lakes

Whitehaven's red-brick Victorian church was burned to the ground during a huge fire in 1971. Only the clock tower remains, but the nave is now a pleasant public garden with a memorial commemorating miners killed in Whitehaven's coal pits.

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