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Silloth (sometimes known as Silloth-on-Solway) is a port town and civil parish in Cumbria, historically in the county of Cumberland, England. The town is an example of a Victorian seaside resort in the North of England. Silloth had a population of 2,932 at the 2001 Census,[1] falling slightly to 2,906 at the 2011 Census.[2] It sits on the shoreline of the Solway Firth, 18+3⁄4 miles (30 kilometres) north of Workington and 22 miles (35 kilometres) west of Carlisle. The town of Maryport lies 12 miles (19 kilometres) south, down the B5300 coast road which also passes through the villages of Blitterlees, Beckfoot, Mawbray, and Allonby. Wigton is 12 miles (19 kilometres) east, along the B5302 road, which also passes through the village of Abbeytown, 5+1⁄2 miles (9 kilometres) southeast. History Silloth developed in the 1860s onwards around the terminus of the railway from Carlisle and associated docks which had begun construction in 1855 to replace Port Carlisle as the deep-water port for Carlisle. Workers from the factories of Carlisle were presented with access to the seaside, and the town flourished as a destination for day trippers. The town reached the peak of its popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Modern times This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Recent years have seen a great deal of development: many of the sea-facing properties have had facelifts. The main central attraction is a large expansive green that is used throughout the year for various events and activities. Etymology 'Silloth' means "'sea barn(s)', v. 'sǣ hlaða'."[3] (The first word is Old English, the second is Old Norse). Governance Silloth is part of the Workington constituency of the UK parliament. The current Member of Parliament as of 2019 is Mark Jenkinson, a Conservative, who unseated former MP Sue Hayman at the 2019 General Election.[4] For Local Government purposes it is in the Silloth + Solway Coast Ward of Allerdale Borough Council (this ward stretches north and inland with a total population at the 2011 Census of 3,268.[5]) and the Solway Coast Division of Cumbria County Council. Silloth has its own Parish Council; Silloth-on-Solway Town Council.[6] Churches Christ Church, Silloth, occupies a complete rectangle of the planned town Silloth's largest church is Christ Church, situated in a complete rectangular plot which was planned into the original town design. It is on a commanding site at Criffel Street and the body of the church was completed in 1870.[7] The porch tower and large broach spire were completed later in 1878, and house a ring of 8 bells which are chimed. It was designed by Carlisle architect Charles John Ferguson in the Gothic style, and is built with an interesting mix of local sandstone, and granite which was brought by the North British Railway from Newry in Northern Ireland. Much of the interior is faced with yellow brick trimmed with red.[8] There are several churches and chapels of other denominations in the town. Industry Silloth docks 2008 Port of Silloth One of the busiest ports in Cumbria, Silloth is owned and operated by Associated British Ports. The main cargoes are wheat, fertiliser, molasses, forest products and general cargo.[9] Carr's Flour Mill An example of a Victorian flour mill, the building was constructed adjacent to the New Dock in 1887. Carr's flour mill is an operating mill which supplies flour to a number of food manufacturers such as United Biscuits,[10] Warburtons and several other leading bakeries and confectioners. Carr's Flour Mill is now owned by Whitworths. Agriculture Farming of livestock, mainly sheep, beef and dairy cattle, takes up most of the surrounding landscape. Tourism There are a number of static and touring caravan and camping parks in the town and surrounding area. Derwent Brewery The town has a small brewery which produces traditional ales to the original recipes for the guest beer market. Many small businesses are located on the former Second World War airfield and associated buildings. Notable people This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2020) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) James Wasdale Brough Born in Silloth in 1903, Jim Brough played rugby union for Silloth and England. He played in the Cumberland side that won the county championship in 1924 and made his international debut against New Zealand in January 1925. He switched codes and played rugby league for Leeds and Great Britain, captaining the national side in 1936. As a coach, he took Workington Town to two finals in 1955 and 1958 before coaching the Great Britain touring team, which became the most successful touring side and the only touring team to score over 1,000 points. In 2005, Silloth RUFC renamed their ground in his honour. Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch Cecil Leitch was born in Silloth in 1891. A self-taught golfer, she won four British Ladies amateurs between 1914 and 1926. In total she won 12 national titles, 5 French Amateur Ladies and one Canadian Women's Amateur before retiring in 1927. During her playing career, she was one of the leading ladies in the sport and transformed the way that the game was played by women. Kathleen Ferrier Kathleen Ferrier, a contralto singer, shot to fame while living in Silloth and performing in Cumberland. She died in 1953 at the age of 41 and Granta magazine wrote at the time that she "may well have been the most celebrated woman in Britain after the Queen". There is now a café known as 'Mrs Willson's' named in honour of this talented woman. This café is located on Criffel Street, overlooking the green. Tourism Silloth has long been a popular tourist destination. Tourism is a major contributor to the economy in Silloth, with dozens of large and small static and touring caravan parks located within a ten-mile (sixteen-kilometre) radius of the town centre, resulting in a large increase in the population during the summer months. Silloth hosts several small annual events held on the town green. These include a beer festival held in September, its steam rally, kite and food festivals.[11] Amenities include a championship golf course,[12] several hotels and bed and breakfasts, public houses, tea rooms and eateries. There is a local 'free' newspaper published monthly entitled 'The Solway Buzz' - distributed to households in the area by a team of volunteers - which covers news and events in Silloth and the surrounding area. Airfield Main article: RAF Silloth The airfield opened in June 1939, just before the start of the Second World War, and closed on 31 December 1960. Originally designed to be used by RAF Maintenance Command, 22MU, the airfield was handed over to Coastal Command during November 1939. No 1 Operational Training Unit (OTU) was then responsible for training pilots and crews from the UK and Allied Countries. Therefore, the aerodrome had twin responsibilities, the maintenance and repair of planes for use in the war effort and the training of crews from allied countries to fly planes.[13] Transport Railway Main article: Silloth railway station The railway to Silloth opened in 1856. The line passed through the villages of Kirkbride and Abbeytown to Carlisle. The railway carried both passengers and freight from the port. and tourists visiting the town. It was closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1964.[14] Road Silloth is on the B5302 road, which leads to the A596 and the town of Wigton, and the B5300 which connects the town to Maryport. Cumbria (/ˈkʌmbriə/ KUM-bree-ə) 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. The county of Cumbria consists of six districts (Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland) and, in 2019, had a population of just over 500,000 people. Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated counties in England, with 73.4 people per km2 (190/sq mi). Cumbria is the third largest county in England by area. It is bounded to the north-east by Northumberland, the east by County Durham, the south-east by North Yorkshire, the south by Lancashire, the west by the Irish Sea, the north-west by the Scottish council areas of Dumfries and Galloway, and the north by Scottish Borders. Cumbria is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of England's finest areas of natural beauty, serving as inspiration for artists, writers, and musicians. A large area of the south-east of the county is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, while the east of the county fringes the North Pennines AONB. Much of Cumbria is mountainous and it contains every peak in England over 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level, with the top of Scafell Pike at 3,209 feet (978 m) being the highest point in England. An upland, coastal and rural area, Cumbria's history is characterised by invasions, migration and settlement, as well as battles and skirmishes between the English and the Scots. Notable historic sites in Cumbria include Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey, Hardknott Roman Fort, Brough Castle and Hadrian's Wall (also a World Heritage Site). The county of Cumbria was created in April 1974 through an amalgamation of the administrative counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, to which parts of Lancashire (the area known as Lancashire North of the Sands) and of the West Riding of Yorkshire were added.[2] During the Neolithic period the area contained an important centre of stone axe production (the so-called Langdale axe factory), products of which have been found across Great Britain.[3] During this period stone circles and henges were built across the county and today 'Cumbria has one of the largest number of preserved field monuments in England'.[4] While not part of the region conquered in the Romans' initial conquest of Britain in AD 43, most of modern-day Cumbria was later conquered in response to a revolt deposing the Roman-aligned ruler of the Brigantes in AD 69.[5] The Romans built a number of fortifications in the area during their occupation, the most famous being UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian's Wall which passes through northern Cumbria.[6] At the end of the period of British history known as Roman Britain (c. AD 410) the inhabitants of Cumbria were Cumbric-speaking native Romano-Britons who were probably descendants of the Brigantes and Carvetii (sometimes considered to be a sub-tribe of the Brigantes) that the Roman Empire had conquered in about AD 85.[citation needed] Based on inscriptional evidence from the area, the Roman civitas of the Carvetii seems to have covered portions of Cumbria. The names Cumbria, Cymru (the native Welsh name for Wales), Cambria, and Cumberland are derived from the name these people gave themselves, *kombroges in Common Brittonic, which originally meant "compatriots".[7][8] Although Cumbria was previously believed to have formed the core of the Early Middle Ages Brittonic kingdom of Rheged, more recent discoveries near Galloway appear to contradict this.[9] For the rest of the first millennium, Cumbria was contested by several entities who warred over the area, including the Brythonic Celtic Kingdom of Strathclyde and the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria. Most of modern-day Cumbria was a principality in the Kingdom of Scotland at the time of the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and thus was excluded from the Domesday Book survey of 1086. In 1092 the region was invaded by William II and incorporated into England.[10] Nevertheless, the region was dominated by the many Anglo-Scottish Wars of the latter Middle Ages and early modern period and the associated Border Reivers who exploited the dynamic political situation of the region.[11] There were at least three sieges of Carlisle fought between England and Scotland, and two further sieges during the Jacobite risings. After the Jacobite Risings of the 18th century, Cumbria became a more stable place and, as in the rest of Northern England, the Industrial Revolution caused a large growth in urban populations. In particular, the west coast towns of Workington, Millom and Barrow-in-Furness saw large iron and steel mills develop, with Barrow also developing a significant shipbuilding industry.[12] Kendal, Keswick and Carlisle all became mill towns, with textiles, pencils and biscuits among the products manufactured in the region. The early 19th century saw the county gain fame when the Lake Poets and other artists of the Romantic movement, such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, lived among, and were inspired by, the lakes and mountains of the region. Later, the children's writer Beatrix Potter also wrote in the region and became a major landowner, granting much of her property to the National Trust on her death.[13] In turn, the large amount of land owned by the National Trust assisted in the formation in 1951 of the Lake District National Park,[citation needed] which remains the largest National Park in England and has come to dominate the identity and economy of the county. The historic counties shown within Cumbria Boundary of Cumbria Cumberland Westmorland Historic Lancashire West Riding of Yorkshire The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain's history.[14] The county of Cumbria was created in 1974 from the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, the Cumberland County Borough of Carlisle, along with the North Lonsdale or Furness part of Lancashire, usually referred to as "Lancashire North of the Sands", (including the county borough of Barrow-in-Furness) and, from the West Riding of Yorkshire, the Sedbergh Rural District.[2] It is governed by Cumbria County Council. On 2 June 2010, taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 and injured 11 in a spree killing that spanned over 24 kilometres (15 miles) along the Cumbrian coastline.[15] Local newspapers The Westmorland Gazette and Cumberland and Westmorland Herald continue to use the name of their historic counties. Other publications, such as local government promotional material, describe the area as "Cumbria", as does the Lake District National Park Authority. Geography Topographic map of Cumbria Cumbria is the most northwesterly county of England. The northernmost and southernmost points in Cumbria are just west of Deadwater, Northumberland and South Walney respectively. Kirkby Stephen (close to Tan Hill, North Yorkshire) and St Bees Head are the most easterly and westerly points of the county. Most of Cumbria is mountainous, with the majority of the county being situated in the Lake District while the Pennines, consisting of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, lie at the eastern and south-east areas of the county. At 978 metres (3,209 ft) Scafell Pike is the highest point in Cumbria and in England. Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. The Lancaster Canal runs from Preston into South Cumbria and is partly in use. The Ulverston Canal which once reached to Morecambe Bay is maintained although it was closed in 1945. The Solway Coast and Arnside and Silverdale AONB's lie in the lowland areas of the county, to the north and south respectively. Boundaries and divisions Cumbria is bordered by the English counties of Northumberland, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the Scottish council areas of Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders. The boundaries are along the Irish Sea to Morecambe Bay in the west, and along the Pennines to the east. Cumbria's northern boundary stretches from the Solway Firth from the Solway Plain eastward along the border with Scotland to Northumberland. It is made up of six districts: Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland. For many administrative purposes Cumbria is divided into three areas — East, West and South. East consists of the districts of Carlisle and Eden, West consists of Allerdale and Copeland, and South consists of Lakeland and Barrow. In July 2021, the UK government announced that the county and district councils would be abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities, one for the east (Barrow-in-Furness, Eden, and South Lakeland), to be called Westmorland and Furness and one for the west (Allerdale, Carlisle, and Copeland), to be called Cumberland.[16] The county returns six Members of Parliament to the House of Commons, representing the constituencies of Carlisle, Penrith & The Border, Workington, Copeland, Westmorland and Lonsdale and Barrow & Furness. Economy BAE Systems Submarine Solutions in Barrow-in-Furness has a workforce of around 5,000 people. Many large companies and organisations are based in Cumbria. The county council itself employs around 17,000 individuals, while the largest private employer in Cumbria, the Sellafield nuclear processing site, has a workforce of 10,000.[17] Below is a list of some of the county's largest companies and employers (excluding services such as Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria Fire and Rescue and the NHS in Cumbria), categorised by district. East Barrow-in-Furness Barrow's shipyard is one of the UK's largest. BAE Systems is the current owner and employs around 5,000.[18] Associated British Ports Holdings own and operate the port of Barrow.[19] The only Kimberly-Clark mill in the North of England is located in Barrow.[20] James Fisher & Sons, a large provider of marine engineering services, is based in Barrow.[21] One of the largest single-site furniture stores in the UK, Stollers, is located in Barrow.[22] Eden Center Parcs owns a large resort in Whinfell Forest near Penrith.[23] Logistics company Eddie Stobart Logistics, own a large transport depot at Penrith. National sawdust, animal bedding, bark suppliers and road hauliers A W Jenkinson are headquartered at Clifton, Penrith. South Lakeland Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline operates a large factory in Ulverston.[24] International kitchenware retailer Lakeland has its headquarters and flagship store in Windermere.[25] Farley Health Products, a subsidiary of the Heinz Company, runs a factory in Kendal.[26] West Allerdale Associated British Ports Holdings own and operate the port of Silloth.[27] Plastic film maker Innovia Films has its headquarters and only UK factory in Wigton, which employs almost 1,000 people and is Wigton's biggest employer. Sealy Beds UK (which is part of the Silentnight Group) own a factory at Aspatria, which employs around 300 people. Carr's Group plc, which is based in Carlisle, owned a large factory at Silloth which makes the 'Carr's Breadmaker' range and at one time Carr's farm feeds. This has been sold to Whitworths. Window maker West Port Windows owns a large factory at Maryport, which makes UPVC windows and doors. Jennings Brewery Plc (now owned by Marston's Plc), a real ale brewery, based in Cockermouth. World rally company M-Sport has its headquarters at Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, near Cockermouth. Swedish paper maker Iggesund Paperboard has its only UK factory at Siddick, near Workington. U.S.-based Eastman Chemical Company had a factory at Siddick, near Workington. It made plastic bottle pellets (PBP) and products for the smoking industry and employed 100 people. This has been subsequently demolished and production transferred overseas. Steel company Tata Steel owns a cast products plant at Workington, which employs 300 people. Eddie Stobart Logistics owns a large warehouse at Workington, which was once owned by truck and bus maker Leyland. Packaging company Amcor owns the former Alcan packaging plant at Salterbeck, Workington. James Walker Ltd, an international high-performance sealing manufacturer, has a large factory at Cockermouth. Carlisle Close to 1,000 people work in one of only two Pirelli tyre plants in the UK.[28] Carr's is a successful foodstuff and agricultural brand that was established in 1831 in Carlisle.[29] Stobart Group owns the Carlisle Lake District Airport and its rail maintenance business is based in Carlisle. Eddie Stobart, which is one of the UK's largest logistics companies, used to be headquartered in Carlisle.[30] Nestlé operates a factory on the outskirts of Carlisle.[31] Cavaghan & Gray (owned by the by 2 Sisters Food Group) is a food manufacturing business based in Carlisle and a significant employer in the city. Crown Holdings owns two factories in Carlisle, locally known as 'Metal Box'. Both factories make products for the beverage industry. Edinburgh Woollen Mill announced plans to move their HQ from Langholm, Scottish Borders to Carlisle.[32] Copeland Sellafield is the largest private employer in the county; many West Cumbrians have links to the site.[33] Tourism The entrance to Whinlatter Forest Park Sizergh Castle Muncaster Castle The largest and most widespread industry in Cumbria is tourism. The Lake District National Park alone receives some 15.8 million visitors every year.[34] Despite this, fewer than 50,000 people reside permanently within the Lake District: mostly in Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston, Keswick, Gosforth, Grasmere and Windermere.[34] Over 36,000 Cumbrians are employed in the tourism industry which adds £1.1 billion a year to the county's economy. The Lake District and county as a whole attract visitors from across the UK,[34] Europe, North America and the Far East (particularly Japan).[34] The tables below show the twenty most-visited attractions in Cumbria in 2009. (Not all visitor attractions provided data to Cumbria Tourism who collated the list. Notable examples are Furness Abbey, the Lakes Aquarium and South Lakes Safari Zoo, the last of which would almost certainly rank within the top five).[35] RankAttractionLocationVisitors 1Windermere Lake CruisesBowness-on-Windermere1,313,807 2RhegedPenrith439,568 3Ullswater SteamersGlenridding348,000 4Whinlatter Forest Park and Visitor CentreWhinlatter252,762 5Tullie House Museum and Art GalleryCarlisle251,808 6Grizedale Forest Park and Visitor CentreGrizedale175,033 7Carlisle CathedralCarlisle166,141 8Brockhole Lake District Visitor CentreWindermere135,539 9Hill TopHawkshead103,682 10Sizergh CastleSizergh Castle90,063 RankAttractionLocationVisitors 11Cumberland Pencil MuseumKeswick80,100 12Muncaster CastleRavenglass78,474 13Dock MuseumBarrow-in-Furness73,239 14The BeaconWhitehaven71,602 15Holker HallCartmel58,060 16Carlisle CastleCarlisle56,957 17Beatrix Potter GalleryHawkshead47,244 18Lake District Wildlife Park[36]Bassenthwaite45,559 19The Homes of FootballAmbleside49,661 20Cartmel PrioryCartmel43,672 Economic output Ambox current red.svg This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (August 2021) This is a chart of the trend of regional gross value added (GVA) of East and West Cumbria at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by the Office for National Statistics Gross value added by each sector (£millions) YearEast CumbriaWest Cumbria Regional GVA[37]Agriculture[38]Industry[39]Services[40]Regional GVA[37]Agriculture[38]Industry[39]Services[40] 19952,6791489021,6292,246631,294888 20002,8431208091,9142,415531,2121,150 20033,3881299242,3352,870601,4201,390 Politics Local Cumbria is administered by Cumbria County Council and six district councils: Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, and South Lakeland. The county and district councils are due to be abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities.[41] East The eastern authority will cover the current districts of Barrow-in-Furness, Eden, and South Lakeland. The territory includes the former county of Westmorland and neighbouring areas. Its largest settlement will be Barrow-in-Furness. West The western authority will cover the current districts of Allerdale, Carlisle, and Copeland. The territory constitutes most of the former county of Cumberland. Its largest settlement will be Carlisle. National Main article: List of Parliamentary constituencies in Cumbria As of the 2019 general election, the Labour Party have zero Members of Parliament (MPs) from Cumbria for the first time since 1910. Constituency1983198719921997200120052010201520172019 Barrow and Furness CON Cecil Franks LAB John Hutton LAB John Woodcock CON Simon Fell Carlisle LAB Ronald Lewis LAB Eric Martlew CON John Stevenson Copeland LAB Jack Cunningham LAB Jamie Reed CON Trudy Harrison Penrith and The Border CON David Maclean CON Rory Stewart CON Neil Hudson Westmorland and Lonsdale CON Michael Jopling CON Tim Collins LD Tim Farron Workington LAB Dale Campbell-Savours LAB Tony Cunningham LAB Sue Hayman CON Mark Jenkinson 2019 General Election Results in Cumbria PartyVotes%Change from 2017SeatsChange from 2017 Conservative143,61552.4%Increase3.6%5Increase2 Labour79,40228.9%Decrease7.3%0Decrease2 Liberal Democrats39,42614.4%Increase2.6%10 Greens4,2231.5%Increase0.8%00 Brexit3,8671.4%new00 Others3,0441.1%Increase0.7%00 Total274,313100.06 Education This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) The University of Cumbria's Fusehill Campus in Carlisle See also: List of schools in Cumbria Although Cumbria has a comprehensive system almost fully, there is one state grammar school in Penrith. There are 42 state secondary schools and 10 independent schools. The more rural secondary schools tend to have sixth forms (although in Barrow-in-Furness district, no schools have sixth forms due to the only sixth college in Cumbria being located in the town) and this is the same for three schools in Allerdale and South Lakeland, and one in the other districts. Chetwynde is also the only school in Barrow to educate children from nursery all the way to year 11. Colleges of further education in Cumbria include: Carlisle College Furness College which includes Barrow Sixth Form College Kendal College Lakes College West Cumbria The University of Cumbria is one of the UK's newest universities, having been established in 2007. It is at present the only university in Cumbria and has campuses across the county, together with Lancaster and London. Transport This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Road The M6 motorway and West Coast Main Line near Grayrigg Forest The M6 is the only motorway that runs through Cumbria. Kendal and Penrith are amongst its primary destinations. Further north it becomes the A74(M) at the border with Scotland north of Carlisle. Major A roads within Cumbria include: A6 (Luton, Bedfordshire to Carlisle via Kendal and Penrith) A66 (Workington to Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire via Keswick and M6 Junction 40) A69 (Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne via Brampton and Hexham) A590 (M6 Junction 36 to Barrow-in-Furness via Ulverston) A591 (Sizergh to Bothel via Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick) A592 (Penrith to Newby Bridge via M6 Junction 40, Windermere and Bowness) A595 (Carlisle to Dalton-in-Furness via Whitehaven and Workington) A596 (Carlisle to Workington) Several bus companies run services in Cumbria serving the main towns and villages in the county, with some services running to neighbouring areas such as Lancaster. Stagecoach North West is the largest; it has depots in Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Kendal and Workington. Stagecoach's flagship X6 route connects Barrow-in-Furness and Kendal in south Cumbria. Ports There are only two airports in the county: Carlisle Lake District and Barrow/Walney Island. Both airports formerly served scheduled passenger flights and both are proposing expansions and renovations to handle domestic and European flights in the near future. The nearest international airports to south Cumbria are Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool John Lennon and Teesside. North Cumbria is closer to Newcastle, Glasgow Prestwick and Glasgow International. Barrow-in-Furness is one of the country's largest shipbuilding centres, but the Port of Barrow is only minor, operated by Associated British Ports alongside the Port of Silloth in Allerdale. There are no ferry links from any port or harbour along the Cumbria coast. Rail The busiest railway stations in Cumbria are Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith and Oxenholme Lake District. The 399 miles (642 km) West Coast Main Line runs through the Cumbria countryside, adjacent to the M6 motorway. The Cumbrian Coast Line connects Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle and is a vital link in the west of the county. Other railways in Cumbria are the Windermere Branch Line, most of the Furness Line and much of the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Demography Cumbria is located in CumbriaCarlisleCarlisleBarrow-in-FurnessBarrow-in-FurnessKendalKendalWhitehavenWhitehavenWorkingtonWorkingtonPenrithPenrithMaryportMaryportUlverstonUlverston The largest settlements in Cumbria Main article: Demography of Cumbria Cumbria's largest settlement and only city is Carlisle, in the north of the county. The largest town, Barrow-in-Furness, in the south, is slightly smaller. The county's population is largely rural: it has the second-lowest population density among English counties, and has only five towns with a population of over 20,000. Cumbria is also one of the country's most ethnically homogeneous counties, with 95.1% of the population categorised as White British (around 470,900 of the 495,000 Cumbrians).[42] However, the larger towns have ethnic makeups that are closer to the national average. The 2001 census indicated that Christianity was the religion with the most adherents in the county. 2010 ONS estimates placed the number of foreign-born (non-United Kingdom) people living in Cumbria at around 14,000 and foreign nationals at 6,000.[43] The 2001 UK Census showed the following most common countries of birth for residents of Cumbria that year: England, 454,137 Scotland, 16,628 Wales, 3,471 Northern Ireland, 2,289 Germany, 1,438 Republic of Ireland, 1,359 South Africa, 603 Canada, 581 Australia, 531 United States, 493 India, 476 Hong Kong, 417 Italy, 249 New Zealand, 241 France, 197 Poland, 193 Cyprus, 174 Netherlands, 167 Spain, 166 Singapore, 160 Population totals for Cumbria YearPop.±% p.a. 1801173,017— 1811193,139+1.11% 1821225,555+1.56% 1831242,320+0.72% 1841255,603+0.54% 1851274,957+0.73% YearPop.±% p.a. 1861320,257+1.54% 1871365,556+1.33% 1881410,856+1.18% 1891434,867+0.57% 1901437,364+0.06% 1911440,485+0.07% YearPop.±% p.a. 1921441,483+0.02% 1931442,693+0.03% 1941456,833+0.31% 1951471,897+0.32% 1961473,706+0.04% 1971475,669+0.04% YearPop.±% p.a. 1981471,693−0.08% 1991489,191+0.36% 2001487,607−0.03% 2011499,900+0.25% 2014499,800−0.01% Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that are now comprised by Cumbria Source: Great Britain Historical GIS.[44][45] Settlements Main article: List of places in Cumbria Largest parishes by district Borough or districtAdministrative centreSettlements Allerdale UK locator map.svg Allerdale WorkingtonClock.jpg WorkingtonAspatria Cockermouth Harrington Keswick Maryport Silloth Wigton Barrow-in-Furness UK locator map.svg Barrow-in-Furness Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness.jpg Barrow-in-FurnessAskam and Ireleth Dalton-in-Furness Walney Island Carlisle UK locator map.svg Carlisle ScotchStreet-Carlisle.jpg CarlisleBrampton Dalston Longtown Copeland UK locator map.svg Copeland Whitehaven - geograph.org.uk - 19798.jpg WhitehavenArlecdon and Frizington Cleator Moor Egremont Millom St Bees Eden UK locator map.svg Eden Market Square, Penrith.jpg PenrithAlston Appleby-in-Westmorland Kirkby Stephen Shap Kirkoswald South Lakeland UK locator map.svg South Lakeland Kendal-Cumbria-6.jpg KendalAmbleside Bowness-on-Windermere Coniston Grasmere Hawkshead Kirkby Lonsdale Milnthorpe Sedbergh Ulverston Windermere Twinnings SettlementDistrictTwinned settlement CarlisleCarlisleGermany Flensburg, Germany Poland Słupsk, Poland CockermouthAllerdaleFrance Marvejols, France Dalton-in-FurnessBarrow-in-FurnessUnited States Dalton, Pennsylvania, United States KendalSouth LakelandRepublic of Ireland Killarney, Ireland Germany Rinteln, Germany PenrithEdenAustralia Penrith, New South Wales, Australia SedberghSouth LakelandSlovenia Zreče, Slovenia UlverstonSouth LakelandFrance Albert, France WhitehavenCopelandBulgaria Kozloduy, Bulgaria[46] WindermereSouth LakelandGermany Diessen am Ammersee, Germany WorkingtonAllerdaleGermany Selm, Germany France Val-de-Reuil, France Symbols and county emblems The arms of Cumbria County Council were granted by the College of Arms on 10 October 1974. The arms represent the areas from which the new county council's area was put together; the shield's green border has Parnassus flowers representing Cumberland interspersed with roses; red for Lancashire (the Furness district) on white for Yorkshire (Sedbergh is from the West Riding). The crest is a ram's head crest, found in the arms of both Westmorland County Council and Barrow County Borough, with Cumberland's Parnassus flowers again. The supporters are the legendary Dacre Bull (Cumberland) and a red dragon, redolent of Cumbria's Brittonic origin.(Appleby in Westmorland). They stand on a base compartment representing Hadrian's Wall (in Cumberland), crossed with two red bars (from the Westmorland arms).[47] The county council motto "Ad Montes Oculos Levavi" is Latin, from Psalm 121; ("I shall lift up mine eyes unto the hills").[47] The county flag of Cumbria is a banner of arms of Cumbria County Council.[48][49] Sport Running Fell running is a popular sport in Cumbria, with an active calendar of competitions taking place throughout the year. Cumbria is also home to several of the most active Orienteering clubs in the UK as well as the Lakes 5 Days competition that takes place every 4 years. Football Association Brunton Park, the home of Carlisle United Barrow and Carlisle United are the only professional football teams in Cumbria and both currently play in EFL League Two. Carlisle United attract support from across Cumbria and beyond, with many Cumbrian "ex-pats" travelling to see their games, both home and away.[citation needed] Workington—who are always known locally as "the reds"—are a well-supported non-league team,[citation needed] having been relegated from the Football League in the 1970s. Workington made a rapid rise up the non league ladder and in 2007/08 competed with Barrow in the Conference North. Barrow were then promoted to the Conference Premier in 2007/08. In 2020, Barrow were promoted to the Football League as a result of winning the National League. Rugby league Craven Park, home of Barrow Raiders Rugby league is a very popular sport in South and West Cumbria. Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington play in the Rugby League Championships. Amateur teams; Wath Brow Hornets, Askam, Egremont Rangers, Kells, Barrow Island, Hensingham and Millom play in the National Conference. Rugby union Rugby union is popular in the east of the county with teams such as Furness RUFC & Hawcoat Park RUFC (South Cumbria), Workington RUFC (Workington Zebras), Whitehaven RUFC, Carlisle RUFC, Creighton RUFC, Aspatria RUFC, Wigton RUFC, Kendal RUFC, Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC, Keswick RUFC, Cockermouth RUFC, Upper Eden RUFC and Penrith RUFC. Uppies and Downies Main article: Uppies and Downies Workington is home to the ball game known as Uppies and Downies,[50] a traditional version of football, with its origins in Medieval football or an even earlier form.[51] Players from outside Workington do take part, especially fellow West Cumbrians from Whitehaven and Maryport.[52] American Cumbria is home to the Furness Phantoms, the county's sole American football team. Cricket Cumbria County Cricket Club is one of the cricket clubs that constitute the National Counties in the English domestic cricket structure. The club, based in Carlisle, competes in the National Counties Cricket Championship and the NCCA Knockout Trophy. The club also play some home matches in Workington, as well as other locations. Cumbrian club cricket teams play in the North Lancashire and Cumbria League. Wrestling Main article: Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling is an ancient and well-practised tradition in the county with a strong resemblance to Scottish Backhold. In the 21st century Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling along with other aspects of Lakeland culture are practised at the Grasmere Sports and Show, an annual meeting held every year since 1852 on the August Bank Holiday. The origin of this form of wrestling is a matter of debate, with some describing it as having evolved from Norse wrestling brought over by Viking invaders,[53] while other historians associate it with the Cornish and Gouren styles[54] indicating that it may have developed out of a longer-standing Celtic tradition.[55] Motor Karting Cumbria Kart Racing Club is based at the Lakeland Circuit, Rowrah, between Cockermouth and Egremont Lakeland Circuit. The track is currently a venue for rounds of both major UK national karting championships About Cumbria Kart Racing Club. Formula One world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both raced karts at Rowrah many times in the formative stages of their motor sport careers,[56] while other F1 drivers, past and present, to have competed there include Johnny Herbert, Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Ralph Firman, Paul di Resta and David Coulthard, who hailed from just over the nearby Anglo-Scottish border and regarded Rowrah as his home circuit, becoming Cumbria Kart Racing Club Champion in 1985 in succession to McNish (di Resta also taking the CKRC title subsequently).[57] Baseball Cumbria is home to the Cartmel Valley Lions, an amateur baseball team based in Cartmel. Speedway Workington Comets were a Workington-based professional speedway team,[58] which competed in the British Speedway Championship.[59] Food Cumbria is the UK county with the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants, with seven in this classification in the Great Britain and Ireland Michelin Guide of 2021. Traditional Cumbrian cuisine has been influenced by the spices and molasses that were imported into Whitehaven in the 18th century. The Cumberland sausage (which has a protected geographical status) is a well-recognised result of this. Other regional specialities include Herdwick mutton and the salt-marsh raised lamb of the Cartmel peninsula.[60] Dialect influences Celtic Cumbria was Celtic speaking until the Viking invasion, if not later (Cymry)[61] Little English spoken in Cumbria; relatively sparsely populated until 12th/13th centuries[62] The invading Angles and Saxons forced the indigenous Celtic peoples back to the western highlands of Cumbria, Wales and Cornwall, with little linguistic consequence, apart from a residual scattering of place-names. Northwest – possibility of direct influence from Irish Gaelic across Irish Sea via Whitehaven until 10th century[63] Celtic influence/kingdoms may have confirmed perception of difference between the north–south[clarification needed][61] Linguistic interaction between Celts and English underrated: effectively Celtic influence marked the beginnings of a linguistic divide between English and other West Germanic dialects.[64] Lexis – Celtic influence left specifically on the sound pattern of sheep-scoring numerals of Cumbrian and West Yorkshire[61] Loss of inflections may be explained by contact with Celtic tribes and inter-marriage.[61] Anglo-Saxon/Viking Earliest Anglo-Saxon settlements in the east of England. Took over 200 years to establish a frontier in the west where the displaced British had settled[65] Morphology – Old Northumbrian (little evidence) signs of loss of inflexions long before southern dialects below the Humber, precede Viking settlements and dialect contact situation[61] Scandinavian/Norse/Dane Lack of extent of Old English written evidence[61] Main attacks/raids on the North-East coast at Lindisfarne and Jarrow in 793/ 794[61] Settlement patterns (Danes) contributed to emerging differences over time between Northumberland. Durham and Yorkshire dialects [61] Norwegian settlers via Ireland to Isle of Man, Mersey estuary (901) and the Cumbrian/ Lancashire coasts (900-50) – dialectal differences (Danes/ Norwegians) often lumped together in standard histories – MUST have confirmed emerging dialectal differences east and west of the Pennines[61] Danelaw – land of north and east of land ruled under Danish law and Danish customs (978-1016) [61] Scandinavian influences vocabulary – common words gradually diffused/ entered word stock (borrowings) which survive in regional use – ‘fell’ hillside, ‘lug’ ear, ‘loup’ jump, ‘aye’ yes Influence on grammatical structure - Middle English texts reveal that present participle form ‘-and’, and possible that use of ‘at’ and ‘as’ as relative pronouns from Cumbria to East Yorkshire[61] phonetically /g/, /k/ and cluster /sk/ have a northern/ Norse pronunciation /j/, /ʧ/ and /ʃ/ which are West Saxon – hard vs. soft consonants of north–south dialects – e.g. ‘give/ rigg’ ridge, ‘skrike’ shriek, ‘kist’ chest and ‘ik’[61] ‘Interdialect forms’ in Danelaw area (diffuse > focussed situation) - no clear idea about what language they were speaking – mixture of Old English and Norse e.g. ‘she’ (3rd person pronoun) is claimed by both languages[61][66] ‘Bilingualism was norm in areas under Danelaw (plausible)[61] Norse runic inscriptions survive from 11th century in Cumbria – therefore may only been after Norman Conquest that ‘Norse as a living language died out’[67] Norse surviving longest in closed communities, as in the Lake District[68] Normans Jewell (1994: 20) - Northumbria retained relative independence until 13th century – effective government of North by Normans ‘petered-out’ at Lake District and North of Tees (not recorded in Domesday Book)[69] Carlisle retaken by Scots in 1136[61] Cumbric Main article: Cumbric Early 10th century – all of the northwest of England occupied by a mixture of newcomers from Ireland of mixed Viking and Gaelic ancestry. The grip from Northumbrian[clarification needed] on the former territory of Rheged was that of Britons of Strathcylde reoccupied southwest Scotland and northwest England as far south as Derwent and Penrith.[70] which was held until Carlisle retaken by Scots in 1136[61] Cumbric perhaps survived until it faded in the early 12th century throughout Cumbria.[71] Cumbric score – counting sheep – Welsh correspondence Welsh (un, dau, tri) – Cumberland (yan, tyan, tethera) – Westmorland (yan, than, teddera) – Lancashire (yan, taen, tedderte) – West Yorkshire (yain, tain, eddero) [70] – survived 7-8 centuries after the language itself had died – Brittonic origin Not one single complete phrase in Cumbric survives, evidence to suggest strong literary tradition, probably oral, some of this early material is known in a Welsh version[clarification needed][70] Media Two evening newspapers are published daily in Cumbria. The News and Star focuses largely on Carlisle and the surrounding areas of north and west Cumbria, and the North-West Evening Mail is based in Barrow-in-Furness and covers news from across Furness and the South Lakes. The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald and The Westmorland Gazette are weekly newspapers based in Penrith and Kendal respectively. The Egremont 2Day newspaper, formerly Egremont Today when affiliated with the Labour Party, was a prominent monthly publication - founded by Peter Watson (and edited by him until his death in 2014) in 1990 until July 2018. In February 2020 The Herdwick News, run by the last editor of The Egremont 2Day, was launched and is an independent online news publication covering the county of Cumbria and the North West. Due to the size of Cumbria the county spans two television zones: BBC North East and Cumbria and ITV Tyne Tees & Border in the north and BBC North West and ITV Granada in the south. Heart North West, CFM Radio and Smooth Lake District are the most popular local radio stations throughout the county, with BBC Radio Cumbria being the only station that is aimed at Cumbria as a whole. The Australian-New Zealand feature film The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988) is set in Cumbria during the onset of the Black Death in 14th-century Europe. Cumbria is host to a number of festivals, including Kendal Calling (actually held in Penrith since 2009)[72][73] and Kendal Mountain Festival. Places of interest Key AP Icon.svgAbbey/Priory/Cathedral Accessible open spaceAccessible open space Themepark uk icon.pngAmusement/Theme Park CL icon.svgCastle Country ParkCountry Park EH icon.svgEnglish Heritage Forestry Commission Heritage railwayHeritage railway Historic houseHistoric House Places of WorshipPlaces of Worship Museum (free) MuseumMuseum (free/not free) National TrustNational Trust Drama-icon.svgTheatre Zoo icon.jpgZoo Furness Abbey Lake Windermere Thirlmere Abbot Hall Art Gallery Museum Appleby Castle Castle Appleby Horse Fair (Gypsy fair) Armitt Museum and Library, Ambleside Bassenthwaite Lake Bewcastle Black Combe Blackwell Historic House Brantwood Historic House Brough Castle Castle EH icon.svg Brougham Castle Castle EH icon.svg Brougham Hall Broughton in Furness Brougham Castle Buttermere Cartmel Priory Priory Carlisle Castle Castle EH icon.svg Carlisle Cathedral Cathedral Castlerigg Stone Circle Church of St Olaf, Wasdale Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk Cockermouth, "Gem" Town Coniston Water Crummock Water Cumbria Coastal Way long distance footpath Cumbria Way long distance footpath Dales Way long distance footpath Dalton Castle Castle NTE icon.svg Derwent Water Dock Museum Museum Dove Cottage Egremont Castle Castle EH icon.svg Eden Valley Railway Ennerdale Water Eskdale Fell Foot Park County Park Firbank Fell Fisher Tarn Reservoir Furness Furness Abbey Abbey Grange-Over-Sands Haig Colliery Mining Museum Museum Harrison Stickle Hadrian's Wall Hartley Castle Haweswater Hawkshead Grammar School Museum Hill Top Hoad Monument Hodbarrow Nature Reserve Holker Hall Historic House Kendal Castle Castle UKAL icon.svg Kentmere Killington Reservoir Kirkby Lonsdale Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway heritage railway Langwathby railway station Windermere Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Zoo icon.jpg Lanercost Priory Priory Laurel & Hardy Museum Levens Hall Historic House Millom Millom Folk Museum Museum Muncaster Castle Castle Historic House EH icon.svg Museum of Lakeland Life Museum National Nature Reserves in Cumbria Pennine Way long distance footpath Penrith Castle Castle EH icon.svg Piel Island Castle EH icon.svg Quaker tapestry Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway – heritage railway Heritage Railway Rey Cross Rheged Rydal Water Sea to Sea Cycle Route Seathwaite Tarn Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Facility Silecroft Silloth on Solway Sizergh Castle & Garden Castle NTE icon.svg Skelton Transmitting Station (U.Ks. tallest structure) South Lakes Safari Zoo Zoo icon.jpg St Bees St Bees Priory Priory St Bees Head Staveley Stott Park Bobbin Mill Swarthmoor Hall Thirlmere Ullswater Ulverston Vickerstown Wasdale Head Wast Water Whitehaven Whinfell Forest Windermere Steamboat Museum Museum Notable people See also: List of people from Carlisle, List of people from Barrow-in-Furness, List of people from Kendal, List of people from Cumbria Abraham Acton Adam Roynon Ade Gardner Aim Alfred Wainwright Anna Ford Beatrix Potter Ben Stokes Bill Birkett Brad Kavanagh Brian Donnelly British Sea Power Catherine Hall (novelist) Catherine Parr Chris Bonington Christine McVie Christopher Wordsworth Constance Spry Baron Campbell-Savours Dean Henderson Derrick Bird Dick Huddart Donald Campbell Dorothy Wordsworth Douglas Ferreira Eddie Stobart Edmund Grindal Edward Stobart Edward Troughton Emlyn Hughes Eric Robson Eric Wallace Fletcher Christian Francis Dunnery Francis Howgill Frank McPherson Baron Peart Gary Stevens Gavin Skelton George MacDonald Fraser George Romney Glenn Cornick Glenn Murray Harry Hadley Helen Skelton Hugh Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale Ian McDonald Ike Southward Jack Pelter James Alexander Smith Jess Gillam Jimmy Lewthwaite Jack Adams John Burridge John Dalton John Peel John Ruskin John Wilkinson Jon Roper Josefina de Vasconcellos Joss Naylor Karen Taylor Kathleen Ferrier Keith Tyson Kyle Dempsey Lady Anne Clifford Len Wilkinson Lord Soulsby Malcolm Wilson Margaret Fell Mark Cueto Mark Jenkinson Matthew Wilson Maurice Flitcroft Melvyn Bragg Montagu Slater Neil Ferguson Nella Last Nigel Kneale Norman Birkett Norman Gifford Norman Nicholson Peter Purves Phil Jackson Richard Abbot Richard T. Slone Robert Southey Saint Ninian Samuel Taylor Coleridge Sarah Hall Sheila Fell Sir James Ramsden Sir John Barrow Sol Roper Stan Laurel Dame Stella Rimington Stephen Holgate Steve Dixon Stuart Lancaster Stuart Stockdale Dave Myers Thomas Cape Thomas DeQuincey Thomas Henry Ismay Thomas Round Troy Donockley Vic Metcalfe Wayne Curtis William Gilpin William Stobart William Whitelaw William Wordsworth Willie Horne



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