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Former King's Arms

The old Kings Arms Hotel in Wigton was a former coaching inn, built in the late 18th century.[1] The authors Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins stayed here in 1857 on a sightseeing trip to Cumberland: "The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices".  When the pub was renovated in 1987, Dickens autograph was discovered on the wall, under layers of wallpaper.[2] The old Kings Arms Hotel is Grade II listed on the National Heritage List for England.

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Old photograph - The Kings' Arms - Wigton station - May 2017

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Former "The Kings' Arms Commercial Hotel", Wigton - May 2017

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Kings Arms Hotel, Wigton

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- "Public House and shop. Late C18 or early C19. Painted render with V-jointed quoins on chamfered plinth. No 5 has painted stucco walls with eaves cornice and angle pilasters...."

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- Overview About Charles Dickens Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era and his works remain widely read. As a writer, performer, and social critic ...


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List number: 1212982
List grade: 2
County: Cumbria
Grid ref: NY2547548398


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