The constituency was created in 1950 by merging part of Penrith and Cockermouth with North Cumberland. The constituency was enlarged in the 1980s by taking first most of the northern part of the former Westmorland constituency and later the Kirkby Stephen/Tebay area of the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency.
In the 1990s a small part of Penrith and The Border was transferred to the Carlisle borough constituency.
The constituency corresponds to the Eden district, along with parts of the City of Carlisle district outside Carlisle itself and a small part of Allerdale borough around the town of Wigton.
Penrith and The Border is the largest constituency by area in England. Despite the name it only includes part of the English border with Scotland. The neighbouring constituency of Hexham (together with Berwick-upon-Tweed) also takes in the border area. The name stems from the fact that when the constituency was first created it consisted of the Penrith Rural and Urban Districts, the Border Rural District and also the Alston with Garrigill Rural District
The electoral wards used in the creation of this seat, fought for the first time at the general election of 2010 are;
- The entire district of Eden
- Brampton, Great Corby and Geltsdale, Hayton, Irthing, Longtown and Rockcliffe, Lyne and Stanwix Rural from Carlisle
- Warnell, and Wigton from Allerdale
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