Westmorland

Westmorland (/ˈwɛstmərlənd/; formerly also spelt Westmoreland;[6] even older spellings are Westmerland and Westmereland; the people of Westmorland are known as Westmerians[7]) is a historic county in north-west England. It formed an administrative county between 1889 and 1974, after which the whole county was administered by the new administrative county of Cumbria. In 2013, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, formally recognised and acknowledged the continued existence of England's 39 historic counties, including Westmorland.[3][4][5]

Westmorland
Historic county

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Ancient extent of Westmorland
Area
  1831485,990 acres (1,966.7 km2)[1]
  1911505,330 acres (2,045.0 km2)[2]
  1961504,917 acres (2,043.33 km2)[2]
Population
  191163,575[2]
  196167,180[2]
History
  OriginBarony of Kendal,
Barony of Westmorland
  Created13th century
  Succeeded byCumbria
StatusHistoric county (current)[3][4][5]
Ceremonial county (until 1974)
Administrative county (1889-1974)
Chapman codeWES
GovernmentWestmorland County Council (1889-1974)
  HQAppleby (historic county town)
County Hall, Kendal (1889-1974)

Arms of Westmorland County Council
Subdivisions
  TypeBaronies and Wards
  UnitsWestmorland:
•East •West
Kendal:
•Kendal •Lonsdale