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Whitehaven Beacon Webcam

 Europe, United Kingdom, Whitehaven

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The interactive Beacon is awash with the history of Copeland. You’ll be amazed at the area’s rich past and you won’t believe what a great time everyone has exploring the Beacon’s five floors!

Copeland is a local government district and borough in western Cumbria, England. Its council is based in Whitehaven. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Whitehaven, Ennerdale Rural District and Millom Rural District.

The name is derived from an alternate name for the Cumberland ward of Allerdale above Derwent, which covered roughly the same area Different explanations exist for the name. According to a document issued at the time of the borough's grant of arms, the name Copeland is derived from kaupland or bought land, the area of the Forest having been bought from the estate of St Bees Priory.

Angus Winchester (1985) upholds that the name kaupland derives from the Irish-Norse invasion of the area in the tenth century (Wainwright 1975). According to this explanation, the area was purchased from the Kingdom of Strathclyde, possibly with loot from Ireland. Geoffrey Hodgson (2008) argues that this Viking invasion accounts for the high frequency of the Hodgson surname in the area.

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