Cockermouth is originally a medieval market town and a place that's had to adapt to disaster and change - the main street has been devastated by flooding several times in its history.
Many of the retailers there are family run businesses that have been open for many years. Banks the ironmongers in Cockermouth opened in 1836 and although it's had one or two changes in management, three generations of the same family have been in charge since the early 1900s.
Vanessa Graham is the third generation of the family that's been running J B Banks for over a hundred years.
It's more than just a shop as Kim Inglis explains:
Vera Lowrey is a retired Pharmacist. She ran Allisons Chemist for 35 years and believes Cockermouth is very resilient: