FLIMBY: a parish (formerly a chapelry) and township in Allerdale Below Derwent Ward, Cumberland.

Acreage of administrative unit

1651 acres [668 ha].

Date of Enclosure

Flimby and Seaton Commons (1000 acres; 405 ha) were enclosed in 1826.


Estimated at 350 in 1687; 273 in 1801 rising steadily to peak at 2498 in 1921, then gradual decline to 1763 in 1991

Land ownership

Granted to Holme Cultram abbey in 12th century.  After Dissolution granted to Thomas Dalston, from whom it was purchased by John Blennerhassett in 1546.  Remained inBlennerhassett family until 1772, when sold to Sir James Lowther.

Economic activity

Collieries, saltpans and sea fishing recorded 1687; in 19th century the major collieries were at Risehow, Gillhead, Robin Hood  Watergate; there were also brickworks and coke ovens.

Places of worship

Elevated to parochial status from chapelry in Camerton ancient parish in 1546.  Parish church of St Nicholas rebuilt 1794, restored 1862. Wesleyan Methodist chapel, built 1858, replaced 1872, when previous chapel converted to Anglican Sunday School;  Primitive Methodist chapel, built 1862.


Two non-endowed schools in 1818; Board Schools built 1876; Flimby Lodge (formerly a ladies school) became workhouse – school and vagrancy wards for Cockermouth Union 1886; Reading Room and Public Hall by 1901.

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Compiled by: Eric Apperley