Famous Cumbrians: Norman Nicholson (1914-1987)

Where the River Duddon meets the sea, under the towering form of Black Combe, lies the former mining town of Millom and life-long home to the poet, Norman Nicholson. Nicholson’s Cumbrian connection defined both his reputation and his work, with many of his poems paying tribute to the town, the Duddon Valley, and local sights such as Scafell Pike, Whitehaven, Patterdale, stone circles and the western coast. His words contrast vividly the reality of the declining mining town and the timeless grandeur of the natural Lake District environment.

‘There stands the base and root of the living rock

Thirty thousand feet of solid Cumberland.’ (To the River Duddon)

Further reading: The Lakers by Norman Nicholson ISBN 1-85284-175-3

©Diane McIlmoyle 03.11.10

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