Askam & Ireleth
The Parish of Askam and Ireleth covers a large area, including Roanhead, Greenhaume, Greenscoe, Paradise, Dunnerholme and Marsh Grange, up to the boundary with Lindal and Martin and Dalton.
Askam in Furness is a small settlement near Barrow in Furness in Cumbria and together with its neighbouring village, Ireleth, commands a population of around 3,600 – a quarter of whom are aged 5 -24 years.
In the Borough of Barrow in Furness, the Parish Council comes under the jurisdiction of Barrow Borough Council. We are represented by 3 Borough Councillors covering Dalton North. For County Council matters we are part of Cumbria County Council and have a County Councillor also for Dalton North.
Ireleth is the smaller and older of the two villages, with its origins stretching back to the Viking occupation of Britain with connections to the Manx Vikings. Its’ name in Norse means Hill slope of the Irish.
Askam in Furness famed for its excavation of iron ore, the village has long since relinquished its smelting works in favour of becoming a popular commuter belt for the larger surround towns of Barrow in Furness and Sellafield Nuclear Processing Plant along the coast.
New housing developments have been construction making the most of the spectacular views over the Duddon estuary to the Lakeland hills and fells. Nominated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the range of both flora and fauna found here, including around 20% of the Nations Natterjack Toad population.
As a result of local traditions and family connections there is a still a deep sense of community here. Askam and Ireleth have strong sporting links focussed centrally on the local rugby and football clubs.
Askam ARFLC was formed in 1879 and is one of the oldest Rugby League Clubs in existence. Dunnerholme Golf Club is the jewel in the Cumbrian Golfing Crown established in 1905.
There is a very active community in Askam and Ireleth with a wide variety of activities and groups including Askam and Ireleth History Society, the Carnival and Christmas Lights Committee, Duddon Inshore Rescue, Askam Old Age Pensioners Club, Women’s Institute and Sisterhood, Tea and Chat with Age Concern, a Crown Green Bowling Club and Indoor Bowling, Old Time Dancing and Line Dancing.
The Temperance Hall in Ireleth holds regular entertainment events and is well attended.