A National Heritage ‘Gem’ Town
Cockermouth is situated in the most beautiful corner of England – the Lake District in Cumbria. Its unique position also makes it within easy reach of the Solway Coast (seven miles) and Scotland (thirty miles). The M6 motorway, together with the A66 trunk road from the motorway to the west coast makes road communication very easy. An excellent main line rail service is available from nearby Workington to Carlisle, the Cathedral city, twenty five miles away and there are regular connecting bus services to most parts of Cumbria and the Lake District. Please find a map of all local car parking in Cockermouth.
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 of the National Heritage, thus making it a ‘Gem’ town. It has a castle and two rivers – the Cocker (from which the town derives its name) and the Derwent, both ideal for salmon and trout fishing.
About our council
- Cockermouth Town Council was formed in 1973 as a successor authority to the former Cockermouth Urban District Council which was disbanded following Local Government Re-Organisation on 1 April 1974.
- Cockermouth is split into 5 wards, All Saints,Christchurch, Double Mills, Fitz and South Lodge. With 4 Councillors representing All Saints Ward, 3 representing Christ Church, 2 representing Double Mills, 1 representing the Fitz and 2 representing South Lodge
- Election for the Town Council are held every 4 years and all members retire at the same time.
- The Mayor is known at the Town Mayor. The Town Mayor is chosen by all 12 members of Cockermouth Town Council at the Annual meeting held in May each year.
- The Town Council meets monthly in the Town Hall, Market Street, Cockermouth. Meetings usually commence at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Council Chamber has been re-located to the ground floor and is fully DDA compliant.