Ireby, Cumbria

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The Lion and crossroads, Ireby - - 475534.jpg
The Lion public house and crossroads, Ireby
Ireby is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY238390
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWIGTON
Postcode districtCA7
Dialling code016973
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°44′20″N 3°11′02″W / 54.739°N 03.184°W / 54.739; -03.184Coordinates: 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] Ireby forms part of the civil parish of Ireby and Uldale;[2] for local government purposes it is in the ward of Boltons, under the authority of Allerdale Borough Council.[2] Historically it was in the county of Cumberland – since 1974 it has been in Cumbria. 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 away, and Cockermouth and Keswick, both 12 miles distant. Nearby villages include Uldale, Torpenhow, Boltongate and, slightly further away, Caldbeck.

It was granted a market charter in 1237,[3] which however was later[when?] lost to Cockermouth as it was proving detrimental to the town.

Ireby has two village halls, the main "Globe Hall" and the smaller WI Hall. The 'Sun Inn' pub, now closed, was a haunt of John Peel. Ireby has a music festival attracting a wide range of popular musicians and capacity audiences. In 2010 the Festival had Kate Rusby playing amongst others and all the tickets were sold weeks before the event. A large marquee extends the venues which are all around the village - the two halls, St. James's Church and The Lion.

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  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 89 West Cumbria (Cockermouth & Wast Water) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319232057.
  2. ^ a b "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Visit Cumbria: Ireby". Retrieved 4 April 2016.