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Workington

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Workington is a town, civil parish and port at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England. Historically in Cumberland and lying in the Borough of Allerdale, Workington is 32mi southwest of Carlisle, 7mi west of Cockermouth, and 5mi southwest of Maryport. At the 2011 Census it had a population of 25,207.Workington is the seat of Allerdale Borough Council. Sue Hayman is the MP for the constituency of the same name that includes other towns in Workington's hinterland.HistoryThe area around Workington has long been a producer of coal and steel.Between AD 79 and AD 122, Roman forts, mile-forts and watchtowers were established along the Cumbrian coast. They were coastal defences against attacks by the Scoti from Ireland and by the Caledonii, the most powerful tribe in what is now Scotland. The 16th-century Britannia, written by William Camden describes ruins of the coastal defences at Workington.A Viking sword was discovered at Northside, which is believed to indicate that there was a settlement at the river's mouth.
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