Ireby, Cumbria

Coordinates: 54°44′20″N 3°11′02″W / 54.739°N 03.184°W / 54.739; -03.184
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The Lion public house and crossroads, Ireby
Ireby is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY238390
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWIGTON
Postcode districtCA7
Dialling code016973
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
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54°44′20″N 3°11′02″W / 54.739°N 03.184°W / 54.739; -03.184

Ireby is a village in Cumbria, England with a population of around 180.[1] Between 1974 and 2023, it was in Allerdale district, Cumbria. Since April 2023, it is administered by Cumberland Council.

It was granted a market charter in 1237.[2]


It is located above the River Ellen, just outside the Lake District National Park, in the area locally called Back o'Skiddaw, with views to the Caldbeck Fells. The nearest towns are Wigton, 7 miles (11 km) away, and Cockermouth and Keswick, both 12 miles (19 km) away.

Nearby villages include Uldale, Torpenhow and Boltongate. Caldbeck is 6.1 miles (10 km) away.


Ireby has two village halls, the main Globe Hall and the smaller Women's Institutes Hall.

Ireby has a music festival attracting a wide range of popular musicians and capacity audiences. In 2010, the Festival had Kate Rusby playing.[citation needed]

The village pub was reopened in 2016 after a long period of closure,[3] it was a haunt of John Peel.[citation needed]


Ireby is in the parliamentary constituency of Workington. In the December 2019 general election, the Tory candidate for Workington, Mark Jenkinson, was elected the MP, overturning a 9.4 per cent Labour majority from the 2017 election to eject shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman by a margin of 4,136 votes.[4] Until the December 2019 general election The Labour Party had won the seat in the constituency in every general election since 1979.The Conservative Party had only been elected once in Workington since World War II, at the 1976 by-election.[5]

Before Brexit, its residents were covered by the North West England European Parliamentary Constituency.

For Local Government purposes, it is in the Bothel and Wharrels Ward of Cumberland Council.

The village forms part of the civil parish of Ireby and Uldale and has its own Parish Council along with Uldale, Ireby and Uldale Parish Council.[6][7]

In popular culture[edit]

A documentary series, Cumbrian Tales, was commissioned by the BBC in 1998, but taken off air after one episode due to "conflict of interest". The six-part series was eventually screened on ITV in 1999. [8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 89 West Cumbria (Cockermouth & Wast Water) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319232057.
  2. ^ "Visit Cumbria: Ireby". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  3. ^ "North Cumbrian village pub is hoping for a roaring success".
  4. ^ "Workington parliamentary constituency – Election 2019".
  5. ^ "A vision of Britain website – general elections section". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Ireby & Uldale Parish Council".
  8. ^ "Opportunity Lost For Ireby". The Westmorland Gazette. Newsquest Media Group Ltd. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  9. ^ "IMDb: Cumbrian Tales". IMDb. Retrieved 18 December 2021.

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