Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Historical collection to go under hammer at Mitchells sale

A historical collection – including memorabilia connected to the ill fated cruise liner the Titanic – will go under the hammer in Cockermouth next month.

The rare collection of artefacts belonged to Herbert and Mary Jackson, who researched and wrote history books about Maryport, Workington, Whitehaven and Keswick.

Mr Jackson ran a grocery shop on Senhouse Street in Maryport, with a small second-hand bookshop attached. His wife was a primary teacher but both had a passion for local history.

The collection includes photos, postcards and press cuttings from the late 19th century to the present day, including items linked to the Titanic and the White Star Line, whose founder Thomas Henry Ismay was born in Maryport.

With this year marking the centenary of the ship’s sinking on April 15, 1912, the items are said to be of topical interest and expected to attract the attention of museums and other heritage organisations.

Other items include sporting photographs of Workington Association Football Club 1897-98, Maryport cricket team in 1923 and Maryport regatta in 1902.

The collection will be sold at Mitchells on March 22 and 23.

Mrs Jackson, who died on November 4 last year, aged 92, left some items to the county archive but the rest will sold at the auction. Her husband died in 1999.

Anyone who wants more detailed information about the collection can contact auctioneer Mark Wise on 01900 827800. Alternatively, a catalogue of items to be sold can be viewed at


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