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Cumbria formed from the ancient counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and part of Lancashire in 1974. It is bounded in the north by the Solway Firth and the Scottish border; in the east and southeast by North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland; in the south by Lancashire and the vast sands of Morecombe Bay; and in the east by the Irish Sea.

It is one of the most sparsely populated counties in England, with two main centres of population - Carlisle in the north and Barrow-in-Furness in the southwest. It is predominately rural and contains the Lake District National Park which draws millions of tourists each year.

Despite the rural nature of the county, there are a number of other industries. Ship-building and maintenance centred around Barrow-in-Furness and the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site, close to the village of Seascale. Sellafield is the largest private employer in the area and provides income for many support companies.

Cumberland in common with a lot of areas in the UK had its own dialect - the most well-known being yan, tan, tethera (one, two, three) a sheep-counting rhyme/system traditionally used by shepherds in Northern England.

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