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Cockermouth Town Council area

Parish boundaries may have changed - for the latest map see the Parish Council or Cumberland Council.

About the Parish

Main Settlements:

Cockermouth, Goat (aka Gote)


8,857  (2021 Census)

8,761  (2011 Census)

8,243  (2001 Census)

Area: 10.6 km2
Parish Council:

Cockermouth Town Council, established 1974

Cockermouth is split into 5 wards, All Saints,Christchurch, Double Mills, Fitz and South Lodge. 

Unitary Authority: Cumberland Council
Ceremonial County: Cumbria


Ancient Parish:

Bringham (St Bridget)

Ancient parishes refer to the parishes before the split between ecclesiastical (church) and civil parishes in the 19th century. They had a parish church and often were composed of multiple townships and chapelries. In many cases, townships and parishes were originally based on the territory of manors from the feudal system during medieval times. Civil parishes were created following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1866, in which Church of England parishes, extra-parochial areas, townships and chapelries, became "civil parishes" which could set their own poor rate (tax). Then the reforms of Local Government Act 1894 established elected civil parish councils (or parish meetings for parishes with less than 300 residents) and created urban and rural districts. Boundaries of parishes and civil parishes may have changed over time.

Ancient township / chapelry

Cockermouth (All Saints) - chapelry.

Cockermouth became a Civil Parish in 1866 (see above).

The hamlet of Goat was part of the township of Papcastle, until 1934, when it became part of Cockermouth Urban District.

Ancient Bourough:


Ancient District:

Allerdale above Derwent (ward)

Poor Law Union:

Cockermouth Poor Law Union, formed in 1838.

Cockermouth Union Workhouse was located by Sullart Street in Cockermouth, opening in 1841. This replaced smaller existing workhouses in Cockermouth, Maryport and Workington.

Under the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 parishes were grouped into Unions, each of which had to build a workhouse if they did not already have one. It ended the old system of locally provided poor relief which had come under strain as numbers out of work grew, following increasing mechanisation of agriculture and the economic downturn after the Napoleonic Wars, along with changing social attitudes. The workhouse provided those unable to support themselves financially with accommodation and work. Inmates were generally segregated into men, women, boys and girls. 

The workhouse system was abolished by the Local Government Act 1929, but many workhouses lived on as ‘Public Assistance Institutions’ until the National Assistance Act 1948.


Cumberland, until 1974, then:

Cumbria, which was created on the 1st of April 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972. The new county absorbed Cumberland and Westmorland, and added some parts of Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Cumbria County Council was abolished in 2023 and replaced by 2 new Unitary authorities. Cumbria remains a ceremonial county; retaining ceremonial boundary and the roles and responsibilities of the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Cumbria - based on 'The Cumbria (Structural Changes) Order 2022'.

District Council:

Cockermouth Urban District (1894 - 1974)

Allerdale Borough (1974 - 2023)  Created by the Local Government Act 1972. Allerdale absorbed the former municipal borough of Workington; the urban districts of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick; and the rural districts of Cockermouth and Wigton.

Allerdale and the 5 other district councils of Cumbria, along with the county council, were abolished as part of local government reorganisation in 2023; and replaced by two unitary authorities on 1st April 2023.

Unitary Authority:

Cumberland Council was created on the 1st April 2023. The 'new' Cumberland unitary authority area includes most of the historic county, with the exception of Penrith and it's surrounding area, which is part the 'new' Westmorland and Furness unitary authority.

See also:  Historic Buildings and Monuments in Cockermouth Civil Parish. Note: listed buildings are generally the responsibility of the county council / unitary authority, rather than the parish council.

Civil Parishes in Cumbria Gote, Cockermouth Cockermouth Cockermouth, 1848 Historic Buildings and Monuments in Cockermouth
Cockermouth Town Council
- "....This thriving market town with its 8,000 inhabitants is proud of the fact that in 1965 the Council for British Archaeology recommended Cockermouth for preservation by the State as part …

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  Co-Curate Page
- Overview About Cockermouth Map Street View Cockermouth is a market town in the Cumberland unitary authority area, in the ceremonial county of Cumbria, located about 23 miles south-west of Carlisle …
Cockermouth, 1848
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Cockermouth, 1848
- COCKERMOUTH (All Saints), an unincorporated borough, market-town, and parochial chapelry, and the head of a union, in the parish of Brigham, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 25 …
from https://www.cumbriacountyhist…
- "Chapelry, borough and market town in Brigham parish, Allerdale above Derwent ward, Cumberland. Became UD 1894 (until 1974). For The Gote area, transferred from Papcastle CP 1934, see Papcastle....from 12th …

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Gote, Cockermouth
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Gote, Cockermouth
- Gote (aka Goat) is an area in Cockermouth, located to the north of the River Derwent. It was previously a separate village and historically part of the township and later …


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County: Cumbria


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