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Market Street, Ulverston
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Ulverston is a market town and civil parish in Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria, England. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 11,524, increasing at the 2011 census to 11,678. Historically in Lancashire, it lies a few miles south of the Lake District National Park and just north-west of Morecambe Bay, within the Furness Peninsula. Lancaster is 39 miles (63 km) to the east, Barrow-in-Furness 10 miles (16 km) to the south-west and Kendal 25 miles (40 km) to the north-east.
The name Ulverston, first noted as Ulurestun in the Domesday Book of 1086, consists of an Old Norse personal name, Úlfarr, or the Old English Wulfhere, with the Old English tūn, meaning farmstead or village. The personal names Úlfarr and Wulfhere both imply "wolf warrior" or "wolf army", which explains the presence of a wolf on the town's coat of arms. The loss of the initial W in Wulfhere can be linked to Scandinavian influence in the region. Locally, the town has traditionally been known as Oostan. Other variants include Oluestonam (1127), and Uluereston (1189). The name was spelled "Ulverstone" until at least 1888. 
The market charter granted in 1280 by Edward I was for a market on Thursdays. The town retains its market-town appearance; market days are now Thursdays and Saturdays. The charter also allowed public houses to open from 10:30 am to 11:00 pm, regardless of other statute on the books. The present Saturday market includes in the summer craft stalls, charity stalls and locally produced ware on "Made in Cumbria" stalls.
The parish church is a listed building and was founded in the 12th century. Historically, the parish included chapelries and townships that later became separate civil parishes: Blawith, Church Coniston, Egton with Newland, Lowick, Mansriggs, Osmotherley, Subberthwaite and Torver. From 1894 to 1974 the town served as an urban district in the administrative county of Lancashire. Under the Local Government Act 1972 it became a successor parish in the Cumbria district of South Lakeland.
The High Carley Hospital and Ulverston Joint Hospital Board built an infectious disease hospital at High Carley, Pennington, in 1884. It was initially a fever hospital for paupers. In 1916 a second hospital, run by Lancashire County Council, was built to treat tubercular patients. From 1949 a children's annexe was built. In the 1950s, as the number of tubercular patients decreased, the hospital was run as an acute hospital. In 1984, after the building of the new Furness General Hospital, High Carley was closed.
On 28 April 2009, Ulverston was near the epicentre of an earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter magnitude scale. Tremors were felt across south Cumbria and parts of north Lancashire at 11.22, but virtually no damage was caused. A spokesman for the British Geological Survey stated that earthquakes of such magnitude occur roughly once a year in Britain. Regionally, it was the strongest seismic event since a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Lancaster in 1835.
Ulverston is within Westmorland and Furness unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Cumbria. Until 2023 it was within South Lakeland District. Ulverston Town Council covers some parochial matters.
The town is in the wider civil parish of Ulverston. This is bounded in the east by the Leven estuary, the River Crake, Coniston Water and Yewdale Beck. To the west the boundary follows a chain of hills, and beyond lie the towns of Kirkby-in-Furness and Askam and Ireleth. To the south is relatively low land that rises quickly. In the north are hills such as Coniston Old Man. The parish settlements are mainly in the eastern part.
Places of interest
The Laurel & Hardy Museum is situated in Ulverston.
The limestone Hoad Monument (proper name: the Sir John Barrow Monument) was built in 1850 in honour of the statesman Sir John Barrow. It offers views that include Morecambe Bay and parts of the Lake District.
The Roxy Cinema opened on Monday 21st June 1937 with ‘Rose Marie’ starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette Macdonald. It was designed by Drury and Gomersall for the James Brennan circuit.
Ulverston Victoria High School (UVHS), the town's secondary school, with some 1,200 pupils, includes a sixth form college with about 400. There are four main primary schools; Croftlands Junior (secular), St Mary's (Catholic), Church Walk (Church of England) and Sir John Barrow (secular) and a special education school, near Sandside.
Ulverston railway station, a short walk from the town centre, lies on the Furness Line between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster, which leads on to Manchester Airport. Some trains continue along the Cumbrian Coast line to Carlisle.
Local radio stations are BBC Radio Cumbria on 96.1 FM, Heart North West on 96.9 FM, Smooth Lake District on 100.1 FM and community based radio stations Cando FM  on 107.3 FM and Bay Trust Radio, a DAB station. 
The many festivals held at Ulverston include:
- Another Fine Fest, celebrating Ulverston and the birth of Stan Laurel.
- Dickensian Festival.
- Furness Tradition.
- Retro Rendezvous
Ulverston Amateur Rugby League Football Club plays home games at Dragley Beck, it belongs to the North West Counties Rugby League. It has produced several professional rugby players, including Derek Hadley.
The town's two field hockey clubs, South Lakes and Ulverston, are based at Ulverston Leisure Centre. The town regularly has events run by Lakeland Orienteering Club. A parkrun event has been held every Saturday at Ford Park since 2018.
The Royal Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Barrow-in-Furness, one of the numerous consulates of Norway, is actually located on the outskirts of Ulverston.
Freedom of the Town
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Town of Ulverston.
- Peter Winston: 15 May 2019.
- The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: 7 May 2011.
- 2223 (Ulverston) Squadron Air Training Corps: 18 April 2015.
In alphabetical order:
- Ella Blaylock Atherton (1860–1933), physician
- Cuthbert Bardsley (1907-1991), Anglican bishop of Coventry, was born in Ulveston
- Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (1831–1919), novelist, was born in Ulverston.
- Sir John Barrow (1764–1848), statesman, was born at Dragley Beck, he was the Admiralty's Second Secretary. A monument to him; a replica of the third Eddystone Lighthouse, stands on Hoad Hill overlooking the town.
- Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett (1883–1962), judge, politician and preacher who served as alternate British judge in the Nuremberg Trials, was born in Ulverston.
- Norman Gifford (born 1940), international cricketer
- Jess Gillam (born 1998), saxophonist
- Maude Green, mother of the Rock and Roll music legend, Bill Haley
- Francis Arthur Jefferson (1921–1982), a Victoria Cross-winning soldier born in Ulverston
- Stan Laurel (1890–1965), actor born at 3 Argyle Street, Ulverston
- Selina Martin (1882–1972), suffragette
- Christine McVie (1943–2022), singer and songwriter born in the nearby village of Bouth
- James Penny (1741–1799), slave-ship owner, who became a prominent anti-abolitionist
- Bob Shaw (1931–1996), science fiction writer, lived in Ulverston.
- William Basil Weston (1924–1945), a Victoria Cross-winning officer, was born in Ulverston. There is a memorial to him in the town's Catholic Church.
Market Street, Ulverston
Market Place in 1860
View over to Hoad Hill
Hoad Hill with Sir John Barrow monument
Side door of Ulverston Church of England
Town Clock of Ulverston, 1845
The Lanternhouse, once the premises of the arts firms Welfare State International and Lanternhouse International
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