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Ulverston Auction Mart. Until 1878, cattle and other livestock were sold in the streets of Ulverston at the Market Place or the Gill. This practice caused frequent obstructions in the thoroughfare and in general was regarded as an offensive nuisance. The founding of the Auction Mart Co. on the site created a more orderly and profitable way of doing business. The company now operates on larger premises at Canal Head.

Lightburn Road, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Ellers Mill. In 1896, Ellers Mill was sold as a water powered cotton mill and played an important part in the early industrial growth of Ulverston. Cotton spinning continued in the town until the American Civil War of 1862 caused a shortage of raw materials, resulting in a decline of trade. Other goods produced at Ellers Mill during the 19th and early 20th centuries include leather, paper, candles, rope, checks and ground corn.

The Ellers, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Ulverston Railway Station. Designed by Paley & Austin, Lancaster Architects, for the Furness Railway and opened in 1874, this station replaced an earlier one, to the east, opened by the Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway in 1857. This through station had, in turn, replaced the town's original terminus station opened by the Furness Railway in 1854 on completion of its line from Barrow-in-Furness.

Railway Station, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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METHODIST CHURCH. In 1753, John Wesley, who crossed the sands to preach in Ulverston, wrote: "Few people came to hear my sermon so I went quietly back to my room". By the end of 18th century a small Methodist Society developed, meeting at a cottage owned by Nancy Moister. As it grew, the society purchased a large room in Neville Street and eventually built a chapel. From such humble beginnings arose this church, opened in 1901, then carefully refurbished in 1992.

Neville Street, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Ulverston Savings Bank. This elegant building was erected in 1838, on "the site of the late Mr James Dixon's garden at the corner of Market Street and Union Street, at a price of £200 for the land." The clock, erected in 1845, "has the hours and quarters struck upon three bells of which the largest weighs 14cwt". In 1901, Ulverston Urban District Council took over the bank clock at a nominal rent of 5/- per annum to keep it in repair.

Union Street, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Oddfellows Hall. At a time when religious intolerance was abating, Father McHugh built Ulverston's first Catholic Church in 1821. The foundation stones were brought from Furness Abbey and in 1832 a tower was added. Towards the end of the 19th century the Catholic Church required a larger place of worship and a new church opened in Brogden Street.

Tarn Side, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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THE MARKET HALL. A Market Hall was officially opened in 1878, after the rights and privileges of Ulverston's free street markets and fairs were leased from the Duke of Buccleugh. The terms were for 999 years, for a payment of 5s per annum. The hall was built in the Italian style on land which had formed the kitchen garden of Lightburne House (later the County Hotel). In 1875 a fire destroyed the original building resulting the erection of the present building.

New Market Street, Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Holy Trinity School. The building of the Sunday School was financed by the fund-raising efforts of Ulverston townsfolk, businessman and clergy. It was designed by Mr. Grundy, built by W. Waite and opened in 1892. The clergy played an important role in the education of pupils in 19th century Ulverston. Combined with the new Education Act of 1870, they ensured that church schools received larger government grants. In 1891, one year before Trinity School opened, elementary education was made free to all British children.

The Gill, Ulverston, United Kingdom