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|Penrith Rural District|
|• Succeeded by||Eden District Council|
|• HQ||Mansion House, Penrith|
The district largely corresponded to the ancient Leath Ward of Cumberland but excluding the parishes of Penrith and Alston with Garrigill. The area had been a rural sanitary district prior to the Local Government Act 1894. Penrith itself was covered by Penrith Urban District, which the Rural District surrounded on the west, north and east.
The council was based at offices known as Mansion House in Penrith now used by its successor authority Eden District Council.
At its demise in 1974 the district was divided into the civil parishes of:
- Castle Sowerby
- Catterlen (including Newton Reigny)
- Culgaith (including Kirkland, Skirwirth and Blencarn)
- Glassonby (including Gamblesby)
- Great Salkeld
- Hesket (formerly Hesket-in-the-Forest and Plumpton parishes)
- Hunsonby (formerly Hunsonby & Winskill and Little Salkeld parishes)
- Kirkoswald (formerly the parishes of Kirkoswald, Staffield and Renwick)
- Langwathby (including Edenhall)
The name Penrith Rural was resurrected as a new electoral division of Cumbria in the 1990s but does not include any of the area once administered by the Penrith RDC and does in fact cover an area of the ancient county of Westmorland.
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