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Borough of Allerdale
Official logo of Borough of Allerdale
The Arms of Allerdale Borough Council
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cumbria
Historic county Cumberland
Admin. HQ Workington
 • Type Allerdale Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour
 • MPs: Sue Hayman, Rory Stewart
 • Total 480 sq mi (1,242 km2)
Area rank 17th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 96,471
 • Rank Ranked 246th
 • Density 200/sq mi (78/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 16UB (ONS) E07000026 (GSS)
Ethnicity 99.4% White

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, increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census.[1]

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. Much of the area during the medieval period was a Royal Forest subject to forest law.[2]


Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 56 councillors being elected from 31 wards. No party has had a majority on the council since Labour lost their majority at the 2003 election. As of the 2011 election, and following a number of by-elections and defections, the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3][4][5]

Year Labour Independent Conservative Liberal Democrat UKIP
2011 28 15 12 1 0
2013 27 16 12 0 1
2014 27 13 12 0 4
2015[6] 28 17 8 0 3
2016[7][8][9] 28 16 10 0 2


The district is divided into the following civil parishes:

Name of parish Population Area Density Settlements
Above Derwent 1207 Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, Portinscale, Stair, Little Town
Aikton 480
Allhallows 548
Allonby 462
Aspatria 2718
Bassenthwaite 412
Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth 40
Blennerhasset and Torpenhow 437
Blindbothel 148
Blindcrake 287
Boltons 585
Borrowdale 438
Bothel and Threapland 438
Bowness 1221
Bridekirk 636
Brigham 1065
Bromfield 530
Broughton 1727


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  2. Raymond Grant (1991). The royal forests of England. Wolfeboro Falls, NH: Alan Sutton. ISBN 0-86299-781-X. 086299781X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> See table, p221
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  4. "Councillors by Party". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 19 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Allerdale Councillors Join UKIP". News and Star. Retrieved 20 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>