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Flimby Rugby Club
Grid reference: NY0233
Location: 54°41’10"N, 3°30’47"W
Population: 1,707  (2011 Ward[1])
Post town: Maryport
Postcode: CA15
Dialling code: 01900
Local Government
Council: Allerdale

Flimby is a village on the Cumberland coast, within the civil parish of Maryport.


Flimby railway station has served the village since 1846. Trains stop only by request. The village is also served by regular buses between Maryport, Workington and beyond.

The Anglican church of St Nicholas is in the Diocese of Carlisle. It holds services on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.[2] Flimby Methodist Church lies in West Lane.[3]

The village has a primary school with about 150 pupils.[4][5] There is one convenience store. There is also a working men's social club.[6]

Flimby's amateur rugby league club, the Vikings, plays in the Iggesund Cumberland League.[7]

The shoe manufacturer New Balance has a factory in Flimby on the Risehow Industrial Estate. Flimby Wind Farm opened in June 2013.[8]


The name of the village was recorded as Flinbi in 1056 and Flemyngeby in the 12th century, and seems to come from Old Norse Flæminga bý, meaning "the village of the Flemings".

Flimby has three Grade-II listed buildings: Flimby Cottage in Main Road is an early 19th-century pebble-dash lodge in Gothic Revival style. Flimby Hall is a three-storey country house completed in 1766. Flimby Lodge is a mansion dating from the late 18th or early 19th century, derelict at the time it was listed in 1977.[9]

Notable people

  • The novelist and poet Helen Craik lived at Flimby Hall from 1792 until her death in 1825 and has a memorial in the parish church.
  • The birth of John McKeown, the professional rugby league international, was registered in Flimby in 1926.
  • Dick Huddart, the professional rugby league international, was born in Flimby in 1936.


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