In the Beginning
The building is of significant historic importance and the location,
at the southern end of the town’s historic market place is a key feature
of Whitehaven’s Georgian landscape.The original property was constructed sometime
around 1713 by a local merchant, James Milham, when the town was becoming
established by the Lowther family, the local landowner, as a significant and
important port and trading centre. The building served as both a warehouse
and family residence, which was a common arrangement at the time.
The building is of particular historic interest as it was built off
the Street. The Lowther family objected to this arrangement and shortly
after brought in regulations to require future buildings in the town to be built on the street.