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Maryport Harbour Brow Street Methodist Church Clings On The Brow Above Christ Church
Maryport Harbour Brow Street Methodist Church Clings On The Brow Above Christ Church. Bill Cameron collection
Maryport Brow Street Methodist Church Tinted Pink
Maryport Brow Street Methodist Church Tinted Pink. Bill Cameron collection
Brow Street; photo taken right beside the Wesleyan (lantern) church, Sunday school just over the wall on the left, my dads friend James Poole, lived on the little Elevated terrace on the right, Eric H
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Aerial Maryport 1a Back Brow Street Methodist church on brow
Aerial Maryport 1a Back Brow Street Methodist church on brow. "Jam Factory" large 4 storey building in foreground. Although called the Jam Factory and it did make jam, it also tinned fruit and veg. Those of a certain age remembering the pea shelling machine in an area of the tan yard will know that the peas from there were tinned in the factory as well. Mark Coulthard Facebook Maryport Through The Ages
Back Brow Street Methodist church on brow
Note the pointed roof of the Methodist church on the sloping Back Brow, the roof looks like a pyramid, below it is the rounded roof of a building that is about to be knocked down and today's zigzag steps descend at that point. To the left of the church are a number of buildings, what were they?
Aerial Maryport 1b Back Brow Street Methodist church on brow
Aerial Back Brow Street Methodist church on brow, unknown building below it and no steps down to Nelson Street

Comments about the 4 storey high big building in front of the slope of Back Brow:

Although called the Jam Factory and it did do jam, it also tinned fruit and veg. Those of a certain age remembering the pea shelling machine in an area of the tan yard will know that the peas from there were tinned in the factory as well.” Mark Coulthard

Mark Coulthard “They made Marian strawberries…used to get odd can or two off the women…and cardboard for the brow slide” Cora Teasdale
“Oh I remember the card board slides on the brows; great fun in summer better than sledging in winter.” Mark C

Wasn’t there a pop factory there years ago?” Liz Laybourne

you’re perhaps thinking Underwood’s which was on Nelson Street. I recall seeing the old horse & carts being loaded ready for deliveries. Also I recall the old tram lines along King Street & there was a shop (a co-op I think) on the corner of King Street & Nelson Street too (the white building opposite the church). How times have changed!” Kristina Cuthbert
Aerial Maryport 3
The pyramid roof of the Methodist church and adjacent buildings have been demolished. Where the rounded roof of a shed was, now are zigzag steps ascending from Nelson Street to the top of Brow Street. Note that there are spaces from demolished houses which will have new builds on them.

Brows soil slip

This image, which I have upscaled. It was taken about the early 60s. There are no traffic restrictions at the end of North Street and on Solway Terrace. Also, I can remember a number of soil failures that occurred round about the early 60s that caused cracking in the road at the North Street-Promenade junction near the small wall. The second photo shows the slips that have occurred in that area. In fact, the whole ancient cliff area of the Brows is covered with slipped areas, some old and some new. It was as a result of those slips that the traffic restriction to Solway Terrace was imposed. When the soil fails there is a slump and if there is sufficient moisture in the soil it liquifies and flow easily down hill which are the yellow hatched areas. Some have reached the houses at the base of the slope.  The underlying rock is St Bees sandstone which produces very Sandy soil when it breaks down.  Mark Coulthard Facebook MTTA

There was big retaining walls at bottom…the marks are sand.. not much soil on there..it come into bottom flats in lister Square…nearer the schools …trees put in to stabilise it…didn’t happen on right side of market steps. Eric Teasdale.

I remember a land slip, of the Brows, that breached the retaining wall and onto the flats on Nelson Street.
Possibly early 70s. – was in lister Square james bottom flats. James Lamb FMTTA
 
These pics would most likely have been taken early 1960, the “new” houses on Nelson street are nearly finished on these photographs, but I think the windows are still boarded up awaiting the new frames, the houses were all occupied by September that year, that’s when my parents moved in. Eric Holm.
they closed Solway Terrace of sometime late 60s as remember parking on there with my dad. wall started to sink and road cracked…was when youth club was in solway house. Tony Wood Eric T

 

The single story huts is the nursery school the street to the left is Ingeby terrace. Tony Wood
camproad nursery prefab huts on site of old school what was bombed. Clark Griswold
There was a school there before the nursery that was bombed in ww2 my grandma told me. Paul Kerr
Building bottom centre is / was the ” crisp factory ” before it was burnt down. Peter Kirkbride.
School yard used for the start of the carnival back in the 80s when Fleming Square was full? Martin Dibble Shearing
I went to the nursery in them huts many memories and solway house school my mam attended there and my nanna and grandad were the caretakers there for many years x Michelle Bruce
Greggains old coal yard on king Street. Houses there now. Long time ago this pic. Lawrence Rumney
Kristina Cuthbert
My mam went to this school & she also told me that it was bombed during ww2.
The building in the bottom right of the playground (casting a shadow) was the old cookery room for the school, which in the 1970s was used for the St John meetings.. Kristina Cuthbert

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Back Brow - Demolition of church & buildings viewed from Nelson Street

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