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Dearham Village Hall
Dearham is located in Cumbria
 Dearham shown within Cumbria
Population 2,028 (2001)
OS grid reference NY075365
Civil parish Dearham
District Allerdale
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maryport
Dialling code 01900
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Workington
List of places

Coordinates: 54°42′38″N 3°26′34″W / 54.7105°N 3.4427°W / 54.7105; -3.4427

Dearham is a village and civil parish in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, England. It is situated in West Cumbria, about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Maryport and 4 12 miles (7.2 km) west of Cockermouth. According to the 2001 census[1] it had a population of 2,028. It is a large, strung-out village. The village has a small primary school with approximately 173 children on roll and a nursery with approximately 26 children on roll.[2] There is a church (St Mungo's, C of E); the former Methodist Chapel is now a private residence. There are four public houses, including The Old Mill Inn and The Sun Inn (renovated in the first decade of the 21st century), a post office/village shop, a fish and chip shop, a hairdresser, a petrol station and a locally renowned pie shop, "The Cottage Pie".

The majority of young people in Dearham attend Netherhall School, Maryport for their secondary schooling.


'Dearham' is "an Old Anglian compound of 'dēor' and 'hām'.[3] Old Anglian is Old English. 'Dēor' means 'deer', 'hām' is 'homestead' or 'village' or 'estate'.


Dearham is in the Workington division of the county, ward of Allerdale-below-Derwent, Derwent petty sessional division, Cockermouth union, county court district of Cockermouth and Workington, rural deanery of Maryport and archdeaconry and Diocese of Carlisle.

The church of St. Mungo, erected in the early 12th century, is a building of stone, with 13th-century chancel, nave, south porch and a 14th-century Pele tower. During restoration work carried out on the church in 1882, two stones were discovered: The first is the 4-foot-high (1.2 m) Adam Stone, which depicts the fall and redemption of man and dates from 900 AD; the second is the Kenneth Cross, which depicts the legend of the 6th-century hermit, St. Kenneth/Cenydd. Photos of St. Mungo's church[4]

The village belongs to Cumberland's former coal mining industry. Wheat and oats were also grown in the farm fields surrounding the village.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 2001 census
  2. ^ Dearham Primary School
  3. ^ Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A.; Stenton, F. M.; Dickens, B. (1950). The place-names of Cumberland. English Place-Name Society, vol.xxi. Part 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 283. 
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