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Coordinates: 54°38′24″N 3°24′43″W / 54.640°N 3.412°W / 54.640; -3.412

Borough of Allerdale
Official logo of Borough of Allerdale
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCumbria
Historic countyCumberland
FoundedApril 1974
Admin. HQWorkington
 • TypeBorough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet
 • ExecutiveConservative Party/Independents
 • MPs:Mark Jenkinson, Trudy Harrison, Neil Hudson
 • LeaderAlan Johnson
 • Total480 sq mi (1,242 km2)
Area rank19th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total97,761
 • RankRanked 247th
 • Density200/sq mi (79/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code16UB (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]

In July 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that in April 2023, Cumbria will be reorganised into two unitary authorities.[4] Allerdale Borough Council is to be abolished and its functions transferred to a new authority, to be known as Cumberland Council, which will cover the current districts of Allerdale, Carlisle, and Copeland.[5]


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.[6] The building is known locally as "Perry's Palace" after former council leader Tony Perry, who was responsible for its construction.[7] 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.[8]

Freedom of the Borough[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Date Labour +/- Conservative +/- Independent +/- Liberal Democrat +/- UKIP +/- Control
2011 28 12 15 1 0 NOC
2013 27 -1 12 = 16 +1 0 -1 1 +1 NOC
2014 27 = 12 = 13 -3 - 4 +3 NOC
2015 28 +1 17 +5 8 -5 - 3 -1 NOC
Dec 2016[15][16][17] 28 = 16 -1 10 +2 - 2 -1 NOC
2019 14 -14 15 -1 20 +10 0 = 0 -2 NOC

Derwent 7 parishes[edit]

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".[18]

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.[19]

A map illustrating the area of the parishes is included in an appendix to a document produced by Sustainable Keswick.[20]



  1. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Allerdale Local Authority (E07000026)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Allerdale Local Authority (E07000026)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ Raymond Grant (1991). The royal forests of England. Wolfeboro Falls, NH: Alan Sutton. ISBN 0-86299-781-X. OL 1878197M. 086299781X. See table, p221
  4. ^ "Next steps for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Local Government Reorganisation. Delivering Two New Councils for Cumbria". Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Former Allerdale council chief Tony Perry dies". Times & Star. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Town and Parish Council boundaries". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  9. ^ Crack, Cumbria (28 March 2018). "Allerdale Civic Dinner raises over £3,000 for charity – with guest of honour Malcolm Wilson OBE".
  10. ^ Irving, Jonathan (26 September 2019). "Ben Stokes to be made Freeman of Allerdale". Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Stoked: Cumbrian cricket legend to be made Freeman of his home Borough". ITV News. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Your Councillors". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  13. ^ "England local election results 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Political structure of the council". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  15. ^ Democratic Services, democratic services@allerdale gov uk (23 March 2018). "Allerdale Borough Council – Your Councillors". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  16. ^ "New councillors elected". Times and Star.
  17. ^, Democratic Services. "Political makeup – Allerdale Borough Council". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Home". Derwent7. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
    "Derwent 7 Cluster Group". Derwent7. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  19. ^ "Our Collections". Keswick Museum. Keswick Museum.
  20. ^ "Appendix One" (PDF). Sustainable Keswick. Retrieved 2 August 2020.