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Allonby, from the east - - 51987.jpg
Allonby, from the east
Allonby is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population444 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY081430
Civil parish
  • Allonby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaryport
Postcode districtCA15
Dialling code01900
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°46′18″N 3°25′53″W / 54.7717°N 3.4313°W / 54.7717; -3.4313Coordinates: 54°46′18″N 3°25′53″W / 54.7717°N 3.4313°W / 54.7717; -3.4313

Allonby is a village on the coast of the Allerdale district in Cumbria, England. The village is on the B5300 road 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Maryport and 8 miles (13 km) south of Silloth.[2] The village of Mawbray is 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north, and 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east is the village of Westnewton. The county town of Carlisle is located 26 miles (42 km) to the north east. Other nearby settlements include Crosscanonby, Edderside, Hayton, and Salta.

The village overlooks Allonby Bay in the Solway Firth. The area is within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the historic county of Cumberland. Allonby, and the five-mile coastal strip of the bay, has views across the Solway to the Galloway hills of southern Scotland. Both the South Saltpans beach and the West Winds beach were awarded the Blue flag rural beach award in 2005. The village is located on the 150 miles (240 km) Cumbria Coastal Way long distance footpath.

From the late 18th century until the mid 19th century, Allonby was home to a small fishing fleet. The main catch was herring. Fish yards were built where these were salted and packed in barrels made on the premises.[3] There was also a smoke house where kippers were produced.

In the early part of the 19th century Allonby was a popular sea-bathing resort. Baths were built in 1835. The buildings still survive as private residences in the Market Square.

The village has a 17th century coaching inn now known as the Ship Hotel. Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins stayed overnight at the hostelry in 1857 (due to Collins' illness) while they were touring northern Cumberland, although Dickens later described Allonby as a 'dreary little place'.

The Reading Room, opened in 1862, was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the Victorian architect, when he was only 32 years old. The building was largely financed by Joseph Pease who was Britain's first Quaker MP.[4]


'Allonby' is " 'Alein's bȳ'...'Alein' is a French personal name of Breton origin." [5] ('Bȳ' is a late Old English word from Old Norse 'bȳr' and Swedish or Danish 'by' meaning 'village', 'hamlet').


Allonby, is part of the Workington constituency of the UK parliament. The current Member of Parliament is Sue Hayman, a member of the Labour Party.[6] The Labour Party has won the seat in every general election since 1979; the Conservative Party has only been elected once in Workington since the Second World War: in the 1976 Workington by-election.[7]

For the European Parliament residents in Allonby vote to elect MEP's for the North West England constituency.

For Local Government purposes it is in the Silloth + Solway Coast Ward of Allerdale Borough Council and the Aspatria Ward of Cumbria County Council.

The village also has its own Parish Council; Allonby Parish Council.[8]


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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  2. ^ Cumbria Directory - Allonby Archived 26 January 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ‘Mary Beeby's Memorandum' published by Cumbria Family History Society, Aug. 1998
  4. ^ Holme St Cuthbert History Group: More Plain People, 2007
  5. ^ Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A.; Stenton, F. M.; Dickens, B. (1950). The place-names of Cumberland. English Place-Name Society, vol.xxi. Part 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 261.
  6. ^ "Allerdale Borough Council website". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  7. ^ "A vision of Britain website – general elections section". Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Allonby Parish Council".
  9. ^ "Huddart, Joseph" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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