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Borough of Allerdale
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Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cumbria
Historic county Cumberland
FoundedApril 1974
Admin. HQ Workington
  TypeBorough Council
   Leadership Leader & Cabinet
  Executive Conservative Party/Independents
   MPs: Mark Jenkinson, Trudy Harrison, Neil Hudson
  LeaderAlan Johnson
  Total480 sq mi (1,242 km2)
Area rank 19th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 247th
  Density200/sq mi (79/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 16UB (ONS) E07000026 (GSS)
Ethnicity99.4% White British

Allerdale is a non-metropolitan district of Cumbria, England, with borough status. Its council is based in Workington and the borough has a population of 93,492 according to the 2001 census, [1] increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census. [2]

The Borough of Allerdale was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the municipal borough of Workington, the urban districts of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick; and the rural districts of Cockermouth and Wigton, all of which were within the administrative county of Cumberland. In 1995 Allerdale was granted borough status.

The name derives from the ancient region of Allerdale, represented latterly by the two wards of Cumberland, called Allerdale-above-Derwent and Allerdale-below-Derwent, the present borough corresponding largely to the latter with parts of the former. Much of the area during the medieval period was a royal forest subject to forest law. [3]


Workington is the largest settlement in the borough, and is the seat of the borough council. Allerdale House in Workington is the meeting place and primary office space used by the council. [4] The building is known locally as "Perry's Palace" after former council leader Tony Perry, who was responsible for its construction. [5] Other settlements in the borough include: Abbeytown, Allonby, Aspatria, Bolton Low Houses, Bothel, Brigham, Broughton, Great Clifton, Cockermouth, Crosby, Dean, Dearham, Fletchertown, Flimby, Ireby, Keswick, Kirkbride, Maryport, Mawbray, Plumbland, Seaton, Silloth, Tallentire, Thursby, Waverton, Westnewton, and Wigton. [6]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Allerdale.



Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 49 councillors being elected from 23 wards. [10] No party has had a majority on the council since Labour lost their majority at the 2003 election. As of the 2019 election, the council is jointly administered by the Conservative Party and independents. [11] The current leader is Cllr Marion Fitzgerald, an Independent, and the deputy leader is Mike Johnson of the Conservative Party, who replaced Mark Jenkinson, when Jenkinson became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Workington. [12]

Date Labour +/- Conservative +/- Independent +/- Liberal Democrat +/- UKIP +/-Control
201128121510 NOC
201327-112=16+10-11+1 NOC
201427=12=13-3-4+3 NOC
201528+117+58-5-3-1 NOC
Dec 2016 [13] [14] [15] 28=16-110+2-2-1 NOC
201914-1415-120+100=0-2 NOC

Derwent 7 parishes

The Derwent 7 Community Led Planning Group was set up in 2007 by the town and parish councils of Above Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn, Threlkeld and Underskiddaw, with funding from Alerdale Borough Council, and was still in existence in 2017. It had four subgroups including one on transport, and a co-ordinating "Cluster group". [16]

The term "Derwent Seven Parishes" is used in defining the collecting scope of Keswick Museum, as Keswick is at the heart of the area covered by these parishes. [17]

A map illustrating the area of the parishes is included in an appendix to a document produced by Sustainable Keswick. [18]


Related Research Articles

Workington Coastal town in Cumbria, England

Workington is a coastal town and civil parish at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England, historically in Cumberland. At the 2011 census it had a population of 25,207.

Cumberland Historic county of England

Cumberland is a historic county of North West England that had an administrative function from the 12th century until 1974. It is bordered by the historic counties of Northumberland to the northeast, County Durham to the east, Westmorland to the southeast, Lancashire to the south, and the Scottish counties of Dumfriesshire and Roxburghshire to the north. It formed an administrative county from 1889 to 1974 and now forms part of Cumbria.

Cockermouth Human settlement in England

Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. The mid-2010 census estimates state that Cockermouth has a population of 8,204, increasing to 8,761 at the 2011 Census.

Maryport Town in Cumbria, England

Maryport is a town and civil parish in the Allerdale borough of Cumbria, England, historically in Cumberland.

A596 road

The A596 is a primary route in Cumbria, in northern England, that runs between Thursby and Workington. For its entirety the A596 parallels the A595, and meets the A595 at both ends. The A596 begins its course at a roundabout junction with the A595 at Thursby, before continuing past the towns of Wigton and Aspatria. As it travels further towards the coast, it reaches the town of Maryport, where there is a junction to the B5300 heading up the coast to Silloth via Allonby, Mawbray, and Beckfoot. It then crosses over the River Derwent, skirting the eastern edge of Workington shortly before terminating at the junction with the A595 at Lillyhall.

Workington (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1918 onwards

Workington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Mark Jenkinson, a Conservative.

Silloth Port town in Cumbria, England

Silloth is a port town and civil parish in Cumbria, historically in the county of Cumberland, England. The town is an example of a Victorian seaside resort in the North of England.

Broughton, Cumbria Human settlement in England

Broughton is a civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, consisting of Great Broughton and Little Broughton. It is located on the River Derwent, about 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Workington and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Cockermouth. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,727, decreasing slightly to 1,704 at the 2011 Census.

Broughton Moor Village in Cumbria, England

Broughton Moor is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England. It is situated on an extensive moor about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Broughton, 5 miles (8.0 km) north west of Cockermouth, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Maryport and 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of Workington.

Bridekirk Human settlement in England

Bridekirk is a village and civil parish in the Allerdale district in the county of Cumbria, England. It is around 3.2 kilometres (2 mi) north of the Derwent river and about the same distance from the nearest large town of Cockermouth just south of the river. Bridekirk is just outside the Lake District National Park and is not far from the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.

Bothel, Cumbria Human settlement in England

Bothel is a small village in Cumbria, England, historically within Cumberland. The village has a public house, and a primary school.

Mealsgate Human settlement in England

Mealsgate is a village in Cumbria, England, historically within Cumberland.

Dearham Village in Cumbria, England

Dearham is a village and civil parish in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, near the Lake District National Park in England. It lies about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Maryport and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Cockermouth.

Great Broughton, Cumbria Village in Cumbria, England

Great Broughton is an English village in the Cumbrian Borough of Allerdale and the civil parish of Broughton. It caters strongly for visitors. The estimated resident population was 1,823 in 2017.

B5300 road A road on the Cumbrian coast in England.

The B5300 is a B road which runs for approximately twelve miles between the towns of Silloth and Maryport in the Allerdale borough of Cumbria, United Kingdom. From north to south, it passes through the villages of Blitterlees, Beckfoot, Mawbray, Dubmill, and Allonby. It runs through the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passes close to the Salta Moss Site of Special Scientific Interest, Milefortlet 21, a Roman archaeological site, the salt pans, a remnant of the Solway plain's medieval saltmaking industry, and the village of Crosscanonby. It is an important route for carrying goods to and from Silloth docks and Maryport harbour. It is also the major road connecting smaller coastal settlements with Maryport and Silloth, from where other roads lead to Workington, Whitehaven, Wigton, and Carlisle. A short section of the road between Dubmill and Mawbray was closed in February 2019 due to coastal erosion, and reopened in June 2019.

Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire Bus operator

Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is a major operator of bus services in North West England. It is a subsidiary of the Stagecoach Group, and has its origins in the purchase of Cumberland in 1987 and Ribble in 1988 from the National Bus Company. The head office of Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is in Carlisle. It was previously known as Stagecoach North West until 1 September 2011, when Stagecoach Merseyside joined Preston and Chorley depots to form Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.

Oughterside and Allerby

Oughterside and Allerby is a civil parish in Allerdale district, Cumbria, England. In the 2011 census it had a population of 619. The north western boundary of the parish is a short stretch of coast, then, working clockwise, the parish is bordered by Hayton and Mealo to the north, Aspatria to the north east, Plumbland to the south east, Gilcrux to the south and Crosscanonby to the south west. The A596 road from Aspatria to Maryport passes through the parish, and the B5300 road follows its coastline in the north west. The main settlements in the parish are Allerby in the west and Oughterside and Prospect, in the east.


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