Famous citizens of Maryport to remember


A TRAIL of residents and notable visitors to the community has been proposed for Maryport.

This follows a call for more blue plaques – which showcase notable figures from Maryport – to be displayed in the city.

Maryport City Council will be looking at several options – blue plaques on the doors of chosen people, a map showing appropriate buildings, or a municipal trail.

It would likely feature some of the city’s most notable naval captains, including Captain Willie Nelson and Robert and Wilson, considered the founders of modern Japan’s merchant navy. Robert’s young Japanese wife, Fukuda Sato, is also recognized, having died in Maryport in her thirties.

The artist William Mitchell and Thomas English, the young architect who became mayor of Adelaide in Australia, would also be recognized.

Another name on the list is someone that an advisor felt had been forgotten.

Cllr Carni McCarron-Holmes said Dr JW Crerar must be recognized.

Born in 1891, Dr. Crerar was an antique dealer who kept plans for Maryport.

He is corresponding with Alexander Morrison, municipal clerk of Adelaide, regarding the establishment of municipal elections by secret ballot.

He was honored by his peers at the University of Edinburgh for his work as an internal surgeon.

There is a street on Hillside, Crerar Close, named after him.

But more importantly, Ms McCarron-Holmes said he had experienced and operated on his 11 High Street operation long before the NHS was established.

“Most of the families went to see him and he gave birth to babies,” she said.

“The Down Street community loved him. He fought for the elimination of slums as an aid to good health. ”

Ms McCarron-Holmes said she believed there was a “Crerar” plaque at Maryport Hospital, but it was for Miss Crerar, her sister.

However, he played a decisive role in the construction of the hospital.

Maryport Council has erected three blue plaques in as many years.

They were in memory of the young VC from Maryport, “Ned” Smith and the country’s first black cop, John Kent.

The most recent blue plaque was for artist and climber Bill Peascod.

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