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Brigham
The Wheatsheaf Inn Brigham - geograph.org.uk - 78117.jpg
The former Wheatsheaf Inn public house, Brigham
Population 756 (2011 census)
OS grid reference NY085303
Civil parish
  • Brigham
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COCKERMOUTH
Postcode district CA13
Dialling code 01900
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
  • Workington
List of places
UK
England
Cumbria
54°39′29″N 3°24′58″W / 54.658°N 3.416°W / 54.658; -3.416Coordinates: 54°39′29″N 3°24′58″W / 54.658°N 3.416°W / 54.658; -3.416

The village of Brigham, near the town of Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, has existed as a settlement since neolithic times. It is located just outside the Lake District National Park.

History

Brigham was an early centre of Christianity in Cumbria. The church of St Bridget's, was originally a Norman building, and is situated at the far north of the village, known as Low Brigham; it contains several fragments of pre-Norman crosses and other early carved stones. A disused quarry is situated in the centre of the village, above which runs the main street of High Brigham. The quarry is bisected by the road called Stang Lonning.

Until the closure of the Cockermouth and Workington Railway in 1966, Brigham had a railway station. At one time there was also a second station serving the hamlet of Broughton Cross, 1 km west of the main village.

The village gave its name to HMS Brigham, a Ham class minesweeper. The ship's bell from this vessel is now in St Bridget's Church of England primary school in the village. Until a more modern fire alarm system was installed, this bell was rung as the fire alarm for the school.

The family of Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian are buried in the graveyard at St. Bridget's. Fletcher himself, born and raised in the township of Eaglesfield within Brigham parish, and christened at St. Bridget's, is thought to be buried on Pitcairn Island, though some have claimed that he returned secretly to England.

Community

The village has its own Church of England primary school; St. Bridget's, with just over 100 pupils. There is no longer a Post Office in Brigham, there is still a social club. Brigham used to have 3 local pubs which some have now been transformed into houses, only one remains. Newer housing estates known as High Rigg and The Hill are at the west and east of the village.

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