Aspatria in the 1900's the Urban district and market town of Cumbria on the river Ellen, seven and a half miles north-east of Maryport was recognised as a treacle mining area. It was at Baggrow Agricultural College, in 1874, that a seam of treacle was discovered by a ploughman. some local coal miners offered to help and dig out the seam. The came along in their spare time and were pleased to be working in the open air and to be given a share of the treacle.


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