|• 1831||969,490 acres (3,923.4 km2)1831 Census cited in Vision of Britain – Ancient county data|
|• 1911||973,086 acres (3,937.94 km2)|
|• 1961||973,146 acres (3,938.18 km2)|
|• 1911||265,746 Vision of Britain – Cumberland population (density and area)|
|• 1911||0.27/acre (0.67/ha)|
|• 1961||0.3/acre (0.74/ha)|
|• Created||12th Century|
|• Succeeded by||Cumbria|
|Status|| Administrative county (1889–1974)|
Ceremonial county (until 1974)
|Government||Cumberland County Council (1889–1974)|
|• Type||Wards (ancient)|
Cumberland ( // KUM-bər-lənd) is a historic county of North West England that had an administrative function from the 12th century until 1974. It was bordered by Northumberland to the east, County Durham to the southeast, Westmorland and Lancashire to the south, and the Scottish counties of Dumfriesshire and Roxburghshire to the north. It formed an administrative county from 1889 to 1974 (excluding Carlisle from 1914) and now forms part of Cumbria.
The first record of the term "Cumberland" appears in 945, when the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle recorded that the area was ceded to Malcolm I by King Edmund of England. As with Cymru, the native Welsh name for Wales, the names Cumberland and Cumbria are derived from *kombroges in Common Brittonic, which originally meant "compatriots".At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 most of the future county remained part of Scotland although some villages in the ancient district of Millom, which were the possessions of the Earl of Northumbria, were included in the Yorkshire section with the Furness region.
In 1092 King William Rufus of England invaded the Carlisle district, settling it with colonists. He created an Earldom of Carlisle, and granted the territory to Ranulf Meschyn. In 1133 Carlisle was made the see of a new diocese, largely identical with the area of the earldom. However, on the death of King Henry I in 1135, the area was regained by Scotland's King David I. He was able to consolidate his power and made Carlisle one of his chief seats of government, while England descended into a lengthy civil war. In 1157 Henry II of England resumed possession of the area from Malcolm IV of Scots, and formed two new counties from the former earldom: Westmorland and "Carliol" although Westmorland also included areas of the former Honour or Earldom of Lancaster. The lead and silver-mining area of Alston, previously associated with the Liberty of Tynedale was later also added to the new county of Carliol for financial reasons.By 1177 the county of Carliol was known as Cumberland. The border between England and Scotland was made permanent by the Treaty of York in 1237.
The boundaries formed in the 12th century did not change substantially over the county's existence. It bordered four English counties and two Scottish counties. These were Northumberland and County Durham to the east; Westmorland to the south, the Furness part of Lancashire to the southwest; Dumfriesshire to the north and Roxburghshire to the northeast.
To the west the county was bounded by the Solway Firth and the Irish Sea. The northern boundary was formed by the Solway Estuary and the border with Scotland running east to Scotch Knowe at Kershope Burn. The boundary ran south from Scotch Knowe along the Cheviot Hills, then followed a tributary of the River Irthing and crossed Denton Fell to the River Tees. From Tees Head the boundary crossed the Pennines to descend Crowdundale Beck, from where it followed the rivers Eden and Eamont to the centre of Ullswater. The line then followed the Glencoin Beck to the top of the Helvellyn ridge, thence to Wrynose Pass and along the River Duddon to the sea near Millom.
The highest point of the county was Scafell Pike, at 3,208 feet (978 m) the highest mountain in England. Carlisle was the county town.
The Earldom of Carlisle was divided into baronies, but on the creation of the county these were replaced by wards. These took the place of hundreds found in most other English counties, and originated in military subdivisions organised for the defence of the county from incursions by Scottish troops.Each ward was composed of a number of parishes, areas originally formed for ecclesiastical administration. In common with other counties of northern England, many parishes in Cumberland were very large, often consisting of a number of distinct townships and hamlets. Many of these subdivisions were eventually to become civil parishes and form the lowest level of local government. The wards and their constituent parishes in 1821 were:
|Allerdale above Derwent|
|Beckermet St John||Included part of township of Calder & Beckermet or Calderbridge|
|Beckermet St Bridget||Included townships of Ennerdale & Kinniside, Eskdale & Wasdale|
|Brigham||Included townships of Blindbothel, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Eaglesfield, Embleton, Greysouthen, Mosser, Setmurthey, Whinfell|
|Crosthwaite (part)||Included township of Borrowdale|
|Drigg and Carlton|
|Gosforth||Included township of Bolton|
|Irton with Santon||Included township of Santon & Murthwaite|
|Lamplugh||Included townships of Kelton & Winder, Murton|
|Lorton||Included townships of Brackenthwaite, Wythop|
|Millom||Included hamlet of Birker with Austhwaite, township of Ulpha|
|Moresby||Included township of Parton|
|Ponsonby||Included part of township of Calder & Beckermet or Calderbridge|
|St Bees||Include townships of Hensingham, Lowside Quarter, Netherwasdale, Preston Quarter, Rottington, Sandwith, Wheddicarr, Whitehaven|
|Workington||Included townships of Great Clifton, Little Clifton, Stainburn, Winscales|
|Allerdale below Derwent||Allhallows|
|Aspatria||Including townships of Hayton & Mealo, Oughterside & Allerby|
|Bolton||Including townships of Bolton Gate, Bolton Wood & Quarry Hill, Bolton Lowside, Isel Old Park, Sunderland|
|Bridekirk||Including townships of Dovenby, Great Broughton, Little Broughton|
|Bromfield (part)||Including townships of Allonby, Langrigg & Mealrigg, Papcastle, Tallentire, Westnewton|
|Cammerton||Including township of Seaton|
|Crosscanonby||Including townships of Birkby & Canonby, Blennerhasset & Kirkland, Crosby, Maryport|
|Crosthwaite (part)||Included townships of Castlerigg St John's & Wythburn, Keswick, Ribton, Underskiddaw|
|Dearham||Including township of Ellenborough & Ewanrigg|
|Holme Cultram||Including townships of Abbey Quarter (or Holme Abbey), Holme East Waver Quarter, Holme St Cuthbert's Quarter, Holme Low Quarter|
|Ireby||Including townships of High Ireby, Low Ireby|
|Isel||Including township of Blindcrake and Redmain|
|Torpenhow||Including townships of Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth, Bothel & Thrupland|
|Bowness||Included townships of Anthorn, Drumburg, Fingland|
|Bromfield (part)||Included townships of Blencogo, Dundraw|
|Burgh by Sands|
|Carlisle, St Mary's (part)*||Townships of Caldewgate Quarter, Cummersdale Quarter, Wreay|
|Carlisle St Mary Within*||Included township of Rickergate Quarter|
|Carlisle St Cuthbert's Within*|
|Carlisle St Cuthbert's Without*|
|Kirkandrews upon Eden|
|Orton||Included township of Baldwinholme|
|Sebergham||Low and High Quarters|
|Wigton||Included townships of Oulton Water, Waverton High & Low, Woodside Quarter|
|Arthuret||Included townships of Braconhill, Lineside, Longtown, Netherby|
|Crosby||High & Low|
|Cumrew||Outside and Inside|
|Cumwhitton||Included township of Northsceugh|
|Hayton||Included townships of Little Crosby, Fenton & Faugh, Talkin|
|Irthington||Included townships of Kingwater, Laversdale, Newby, Newtown|
|Kingmoor (hamlet)||Extra-parochial liberty belonging to the Corporation of Carlisle|
|Kirkandrews upon Esk||Included townships of Kirkandrews Moat, Kirkandrews Nether Quarter, Kirkandrews Upper Quarter, Nichol Forest|
|Kirklinton||Included townships of Hethersgill, Westlinton (or Levington)|
|Lanercost||Included townships of Askerton, Burtholme & Banks, Lineside|
|Scaleby||East and West|
|Stapleton||Included townships of Belbank, Solport Quarter, Trough|
|Walton||High and Low|
|Addingham||Included townships of Gamblesby, Glassonby, Hunsonby & Winskill|
|Ainstable and Rushcroft|
|Alston with Garrigill||Included the Chapelry of Garrigill|
|Caldbeck (part)||Township of Mosedale|
|Carlisle, St Mary's (part)||Township of Middlesceugh & Braithwaite|
|Edenhall||Included township of Langwathby|
|Greystoke||Included townships of Berrier & Murrah, Bowscale, Hutton John, Hutton Roof, Hutton Soil, Matterdale, Mungrisdale, Threlkeld, Watermillock|
|Hesket in the Forest|
|Hutton in the Forest|
|Kirkland||Included townships of Culgaith, Kirkland & Blencarn|
|Kirkoswald||Included township of Staffield|
|Lazonby||Included township of Plumpton Wall|
|Newton Reigny||Included township of Catterlen|
* Parts or all of these parishes and townships constituted the City of Carlisle, and were largely outside the jurisdiction of Cumberland Ward.
The ward of Cumberland was one of the ancient divisions of the historic county of Cumberland, England. In most other counties these divisions were called hundreds or Wapentakes.
The ward included Carlisle and Wigton and took in parts of Inglewood Forest. It was bounded on the north and east by Eskdale Ward, on the south by Leath Ward and the west by Allerdale-below-Derwent Ward.
The parish of Stanwix just to the north of Carlisle was partly in both Eskdale and Cumberland wards.
During the 19th century a series of reforms reshaped the local government of the county, creating a system of districts with directly-elected councils.
The first changes concerned the administration of the poor law, which was carried at parish level. The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 provided for the grouping of parishes into poor law unions, each with a central workhouse and an elected board of guardians. Cumberland was divided into nine unions: Alston with Garrigill, Bootle, Brampton, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Longtown, Penrith, Whitehaven and Wigton.
In the following year the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 was passed, reforming boroughs and cities in England and Wales as municipal boroughs with a uniform constitution. The corporation of the City of Carlisle was accordingly remodelled with a popularly elected council consisting of a mayor, aldermen and councillors.
Outside of municipal boroughs, there was no effective local government until the 1840s. In response to poor sanitary conditions and outbreaks of cholera, the Public Health Act 1848 and the Local Government Act 1858 allowed for the formation of local boards of health in populous areas. Local boards were responsible inter alia for water supply, drainage, sewerage, paving and cleansing. Eleven local boards were initially formed at Brampton, Cleator Moor, Cockermouth, Egremont, Holme Cultram, Keswick, Maryport, Millom, Penrith, Whitehaven, Wigton and Workington.
Further reform under the Public Health Act 1875 saw the creation of sanitary districts throughout England and Wales. The existing municipal boroughs and local boards became "urban sanitary districts", while "rural sanitary districts" were formed from the remaining areas of the poor law unions.
Three more local boards were formed: Arlecdon and Frizington in 1882, Harrington in 1891 and Aspatria in 1892. In addition Workington and Whitehaven received charters of incorporation to become municipal boroughs in 1883 and 1894 respectively.
In 1889, under the Local Government Act 1888, the Cumberland County Council was created as the county council for Cumberland, taking over administrative functions from the Court of Quarter Sessions. The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted the existing sanitary districts as urban districts and rural districts, each with an elected council.
The Act of 1888 also allowed any municipal borough with a population of 50,000 people or more to become a "county borough", independent of county council control. In 1914, Carlisle successfully applied for this status, ceasing to form part of the administrative county, although remaining within Cumberland for the purposes such as Lieutenancy and shrievalty.
The Local Government Act 1929 imposed the duty on county councils of reviewing the districts within their administrative county so as to form more efficient units of local government. In general, this meant the merging of small or lightly populated areas into larger units. A review was carried in Cumberland in 1934. The following table lists the urban and rural districts before and after the changes.
|District 1894–1934||District 1934–1974|
|Alston with Garrigill RD|
|Arlecdon & Frizington UD||Part of Ennerdale RD|
|Aspatria UD||Absorbed by Wigton RD|
|Bootle RD||Part of Millom RD|
|Brampton RD||Part of Border RD|
|Carlisle RD||Part of Border RD|
|Cleator Moor UD||Part of Ennerdale RD|
|Egremont UD||Part of Ennerdale RD|
|Harrington UD||Absorbed by Workington MB|
|Holme Cultram UD||Absorbed by Wigton RD|
|Longtown RD||Part of Border RD|
|Whitehaven RD||Part of Ennerdale RD|
The distribution of population in 1971 was as follows:1971 Census; Small Area Statistics
|County Borough of Carlisle||71,580|
|Cockermouth Urban District||6,366|
|Keswick Urban District||5,184|
|Maryport Urban District||11,612|
|Penrith Urban District||11,308|
|Municipal Borough of Whitehaven||26,721|
|Municipal Borough of Workington||28,431|
|Alston with Garrigill Rural District||1,917|
|Border Rural District||29,267|
|Cockermouth Rural District||21,520|
|Ennerdale Rural District||30,983|
|Millom Rural District||14,088|
|Penrith Rural District||11,380|
|Wigton Rural District||21,830|
In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the administrative county and county borough were abolished and their former area was combined with Westmorland and parts of Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire to form the new county of Cumbria. The area from Cumberland went on to form the districts of Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland and part of Eden.
The name continues in use as a geographical and cultural term, and it survives in Cumberland sausages; HMS Cumberland; Cumberland County Cricket Club; the Cumberland Fell Runners Club; the Cumberland Athletics Club; and various organisations and companies, such as the local newspapers The Cumberland News, and The West Cumberland Times and Star, and the Cumberland Building Society. It is also mentioned in Macbeth as the kingdom given to Prince Malcolm.
In June 1994, during the 1990s UK local government reform, the Local Government Commission published draft recommendations, suggesting as one option a North Cumbria unitary authority (also including Appleby, the historic county town of Westmorland). It also suggested that Cumberland could be reinstated as an independent ceremonial county. The final recommendations, published in October 1994, did not include such recommendations, apparently due to lack of expression of support for the proposal to the commission.
As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife chose the Grass-of-Parnassus as the county flower. Parnassus flowers had been associated with the county since 1951, when they were included in the coat of arms granted to the Cumberland County Council. They subsequently featured in the arms granted to Cumbria County Council and Copeland Borough Council, in both cases to represent Cumberland.
In 2012, a flag based on the arms of the former Cumberland County Council was registered as the flag of Cumberland with the Flag Institute.
In 2013, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, formally recognised and acknowledged the continued existence of England's 39 historic counties, including Cumberland.
|Wikisource has the text of a 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article about Cumberland .|
Cumbria is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local government, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's county town is Carlisle, in the north of the county; the only other major urban area is Barrow-in-Furness on the south-western tip of the county.
Westmorland is a historic county in north west England. It formed an administrative county between 1889 and 1974, after which the whole county was administered by the new administrative county of Cumbria. In 2013, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, formally recognised and acknowledged the continued existence of England's 39 historic counties, including Westmorland.
The historic counties of England are areas that were established for administration by the Normans, in many cases based on earlier kingdoms and shires created by the Anglo-Saxons and others. They are alternatively known as ancient counties, traditional counties, former counties or simply as counties. In the centuries that followed their establishment, as well as their administrative function, the counties also helped define local culture and identity. This role continued even after the counties ceased to be used for administration after the creation of administrative counties in 1889, which were themselves amended by further local government reforms in the years following.
Millom is a town and civil parish on the north shore of the estuary of the River Duddon around 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Barrow-in-Furness and 26 miles (41.8 km) south of Whitehaven in southwest Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, England, it is situated just outside the Lake District National Park.
Appleby-in-Westmorland, a market town and civil parish in the Eden district of Cumbria, England, had a population was 3,048 at the 2011 Census. Traversed by the River Eden, Appleby is the county town of the historic county of Westmorland. It was known simply as Appleby until 1974, when its council of the successor parish to the borough, changed its name to preserve the name Westmorland, which had been abolished as a county under the Local Government Act 1972. It lies 13.7 miles south-east of Penrith, 32.2 miles south-east of Carlisle, 27.2 miles north-east of Kendal, 45.2 miles west of Darlington and 61.2 miles west of Middlesbrough.
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, increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census.
The City of Carlisle is a local government district of Cumbria, England, with the status of a city and non-metropolitan district. It is named after its largest settlement, Carlisle, but covers a far larger area which includes the towns of Brampton and Longtown, as well as outlying villages including Dalston, Scotby and Wetheral. The city has a population of 107,524. and an area of 1,039.97 square kilometres (402 sq mi),.
A civil parish in England is the lowest unit of local government. There are 284 civil parishes in the ceremonial county of Cumbria, with most of the county being parished, and Allerdale, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland being entirely parished. At the 2001 census, there were 359,692 people living in those 284 parishes, accounting for 73.8 per cent of the county's population.
Penrith and The Border is a constituency in Cumbria represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Neil Hudson, a Conservative.
Caldbeck is a village in Cumbria, England, historically within Cumberland, it is situated within the Lake District National Park. The village had 714 inhabitants according to the census of 2001.
Sanitary districts were established in England and Wales in 1875 and in Ireland in 1878. The districts were of two types, based on existing structures:
Penrith was a rural district within the administrative county of Cumberland, England that existed from 1894 to 1974 with slight boundary changes in 1934.
Hesket, also known as Hesket-in-the-Forest, is a large civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England, situated along the A6 between Carlisle and Penrith. It was formed in 1894 with the passing of the Local Government Act 1894 and extended to incorporate the former parish of Plumpton Wall by a County Review Order in 1934. Part of the historic royal hunting ground of Inglewood Forest, settlement in the area dates back to the Roman occupation.
The wards and electoral divisions in the United Kingdom are electoral districts at sub-national level represented by one or more councillors. The ward is the primary unit of English electoral geography for civil parishes and borough and district councils, electoral ward is the unit used by Welsh principal councils, while the electoral division is the unit used by English county councils and some unitary authorities. Each ward/division has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward-population counts can vary substantially. As at the end of 2014 there were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK.
Mealsgate is a village in Cumbria England, historically within Cumberland.
Fletchertown is a small village in Cumbria England, historically within Cumberland.
Cumbria County Council is the county council of Cumbria, a county in the North West of England. Established in 1974, following its first elections held a year before that, it is an elected local government body responsible for the most significant local services in the county, including county schools, county roads, and social services.
Cumberland County Council was the county council of Cumberland in the North West of England, an elected local government body responsible for most local services in the county. It was established in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888. Carlisle was initially within its area but became a separate county borough in 1914. In 1974, both authorities were merged along with parts of others into the new Cumbria County Council.
The Cumbria Rugby Union is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the county of Cumbria in England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for Cumbria, and administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in the county. It also administers the Cumbria rugby representative teams.
The Cumbria Cup is an annual rugby union knock-out club competition organized by the Cumbria Rugby Union. It was first introduced during the 1882-83 season, when it was known as the Cumberland Challenge Cup, and the inaugural winners were Aspatria. Originally it was open only to club sides in Cumberland, but in 1974, as a result of the 1972 Local Government Act, Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness merged to form what we now know as Cumbria, and the competition was renamed as the Cumbria Cup, although the Westmorland & Furness Cup continued intermittently up until 2008. It is the most important cup competition in the county ahead of the Cumbria League Cup and Cumbria Shield.