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Cockermouth, parliamentary borough and market town of Cumberland, 25 miles from Carlisle, and situate at the junction of the Cocker and the Derwent. There are coal mines in the neighbourhood, and linen and woollen goods, threads, hosiery, hats, and paper, are manufactured. In the eleventh-century castle Mary Stuart was imprisoned in 1568, and in 1648 the castle was dismantled by the Parliamentary forces. In the neighbourhood tumuli have been discovered, and there are the remains of a Roman camp. The town returns one member to Parliament. Wordsworth was born here.