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Silloth, Cumbria

Silloth (sometimes known as Silloth-on-Solway) is a port town and civil parish in Cumbria, England. It sits on the shoreline of the Solway Firth, 22 miles west of Carlisle. It has a population of 2,932. Historically a part of Cumberland, the town is one of the finest examples of a Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. Silloth developed in the 1860s around the terminus of a railway from Carlisle which had begun construction in 1855.
Post townWIGTON
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyCumberland
OS GridNY1153
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code016973
Population2,932 (2001)

Silloth, Cumbria in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Silloth, seaport town and watering-place. Holme Cultram par., Cumberland, on the Solway Firth, 22¼ miles W. of Carlisle by rail, pop. 2116; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Silloth dates from 1855, when it was selected, on account of its good anchorage ground, as the port of Carlisle, a position till that time held by Port Carlisle. A railway and a wet dock of 4 ac. were then constructed, and a considerable trade quickly sprang up with Liverpool, Dublin, and the Isle of Man, the principal export being coal, and the principal import grain. A new dock of 6 ac. wa,s opened in 1885. The mild, equable, and salubrious climate of Silloth has caused it to become a health-resort.

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