|King Street, Aspatria
"ASPATRIA, with Brayton, form an extensive parish, in the Northern
division of the county, ward and petty sessional division of Atterdale-below-Derwent,
Wigton union and county court district, rural deanery of Maryport.
and archdeaconry and diocese of Carlisle. Aspatria is a village, bounded
on the south by the river Ellen, and on the west by the sea, and is
situated on the main road, between Maryport and Carlisle, with a station
on the Maryport and Carlisle railway, 8 miles south-west from Wigton,
8 east-by-north from Maryport, 9 north from Cockermouth and 19 south-west
from Carlisle. The village is lighted with gas from works, the property
of a company, and is said to derive its name either from Gospatrick,
a former lord of Allerdale, or from Aspatrick (an equivalent of St.
Patrick), a predecessor of St. Kentigern ; but the present form of
the name is stated to have come into use only within the last century".
King Street is on the A596 trunk road between Maryport on the coast
and Wigton. I assume this card must date from around 1930, or shortly
before, which is when a relative moved to Aspatria.
All the people in the photograph are adult males. Otherwise there
are only three "clues" to help to date the picture. There
are no street lights. The shop on the extreme right advertised Fry's
chocolates on the shop window but, unfortunately, the name of the
proprietor is indistinct. There's a petrol pump (or pump for paraffin,
though probably petrol) outside the shop.
The man standing at the bottom of the ladder seems to have a bucket
beside him, but there is no sign of anyone working at the top of the
ladder so it is unclear whether they are painting or repairing the
building, or simply cleaning windows.
So if anyone can actually date the picture I would be very grateful.
I would also like to hear from any member of the Stoddart family for
some help, especially if in the past one of them had a family member
linked to Salford Rugby Club.
"King Street, Aspatria"
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
 "Kelly's Directory of
Cumberland & Westmorland",