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Barrow-in-Furness

This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies. In the 19th century, Barrow rapidly developed into one of the major ship building towns of the country and reflected this prosperity in wide, tree-lined streets and a wealth of fine sandstone buildings typified by the imposing Town Hall.

For centuries Furness was part of Lancashire and being an isolated northern outpost it was left quietly undisturbed until the mid-19th century. The arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846 made it much easier to transport iron ore and slate out of the area. Within 40 years, Barrow went from being a small village on a remote headland to a large industrial town with railway, docks, iron/steelworks and a thriving shipyard.

BOOK YOUR STAY

 
 Woodman's Cottage

Thornthwaite Farm

Self-catering with 6 units, £300-£750 pupw sleeps 1-6

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£90 prpnb

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Guest House with 3 rooms, £40-£50 pppnb

Old Barn Farm

Old Barn Farm

Guest House with 3 rooms, £32-£43 pppnb

Ring House Cottages

Ring House Cottages

Self-catering with 3 units, £245-£590 pupw sleeps 2-4

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £295-£1000 pupw sleeps 6

1 Laurel Court

Laurel Court

Self-catering with 5 units, £100-£500 pupn sleeps 1-12

Wyndcliffe

Wyndcliffe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£600 pupn sleeps 6-13

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £245-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

Dower House

Dower House

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £42 pppnb

Lowick School Bunkhouse

Lowick School Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse with 10 bedrooms, £100-£1025 prpn

Thornleigh Christian Hotel

Thornleigh Hotel

Hotel with 12 rooms, £41-£125 prpnb

Sunset Cottage

Sunset Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £290-£530 pupw sleeps 1-4

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£500 pupw sleeps 2-6

Broughton Bank Cottage

Broughton Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £390-£685 pupw sleeps 1-4

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 8 units, £265-£660 pupw sleeps 2-6

Netherwood Hotel

Netherwood Hotel

Hotel with 34 rooms, £50-£80 pppnb

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£375 pupw sleeps 4

Howbarrow Farm Cottage

Howbarrow Farm

Self-catering with 2 units, £299-£495 pupw sleeps 1-2

Hobkin Ground Farm Cottages

Hobkin Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 3 units, £120-£1200 pupw sleeps 1-7

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £375 pupw sleeps 1-4

Old Barn Cottages

Old Barn Cottages

Self-catering with 3 units, £415-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £250-£480 pupw sleeps 1-6

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 20 pitches, £16-£18 ptpn

THINGS TO DO

WHAT'S ON

Magic of Motown

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Barrow-in-Furness

 
 

Surrounding Area

Askham-in-Furness, Barrow
Dalton Town Cross, Barrow
Walney Island, Barrow

CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Furness Abbey, Barrow
Ship in BAE, Barrow
Piel Castle, Barrow
Although the Romans seem to have bypassed the area, the Vikings occupied Barrow and Walney Island leaving their legacy in place names such as North Scale (from ‘skali' - Norse for summer dwelling), Biggar (from ‘bygg gar' meaning barley field) and Roa.(red island).

The establishment of Furness Abbey in 1127 had a major impact on the area. By the early 13th century, the Abbey was the second largest monastery in England. Piel Castle was also used by the monks as a warehouse to store grain and wool prior to shipment overseas.

For centuries Furness was part of Lancashire and being an isolated northern outpost it was left quietly undisturbed until the mid-19th century. The arrival of the Furness Railway in 1846 made it much easier to transport iron ore and slate out of the area. Within 40 years, Barrow went from being a small village on a remote headland to a large industrial town with railway, docks, iron/steelworks and a thriving shipyard.

Expansion came about through the influence of three men: Lord Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire (the financier), Henry Schneider (local iron ore magnate) and James Ramsden (managing director of the Furness Railway Company). James Ramsden then conceived the idea of using Barrow's steel to build ships and with money invested by the railway company and the Duke of Devonshire the Barrow Shipbuilding Company was formed in 1871. Two years later the company launched its first sailing vessel and started building ships for clients all over the world. Within a few years Barrow's shipbuilding industry was renowned. Over 1000 vessels, from warships to oil tankers and passenger liners, have been built here since 1873.

In 1897 the shipyard and engineering works were taken over by Vickers who ran it for nearly a century. The Company developed the model estate of Vickerstown on Walney in the early 1900s to provide homes for shipyard workers, complete with shops, churches, a farm and a park. At around the same time, a bridge was opened to link Walney with Barrow (re-named Jubilee Bridge in 1935).

Today, the steel industry has disappeared but shipbuilding is still at the economic core of the town with BAE Systems continuing to build submarines for the Royal Navy in the huge Devonshire Dock Hall that dominates the southern part of the town.

Rampside, Barrow

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