"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow-in-Furness, is a town and seaport in the county of Cumbria, England. Historically part of Lancashire it was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1867 and merged with adjacent districts in 1974 to form the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. Situated at the tip of the Furness peninsula close to the Lake District it is bordered by Morecambe Bay, the Duddon Estuary and the Irish Sea. In 2011 Barrow's population stood at around 57,000, while 69,000 lived in the wider borough making it the second largest urban area in Cumbria after Carlisle. People from Barrow are known as Barrovians.

In the Middle Ages, Barrow was a small hamlet with Furness Abbey, on the outskirts of the modern-day town, controlling the local economy before its dissolution in 1537. The iron prospector Henry Schneider arrived in Furness in 1839 and, with other investors, opened the Furness Railway in 1846 to transport iron ore and slate from local mines to the coast. Further hematite deposits were discovered, of sufficient size to develop factories for smelting and exporting steel. By the late 19th century, the Barrow Hematite Steel Company-owned steelworks was the world's largest.

Barrow's location and the availability of steel allowed the town to develop into a significant producer of naval vessels, a shift that was accelerated during World War I and the local yard's specialisation in submarines. The original iron- and steel- making enterprises closed down after World War II, leaving Vickers shipyard as Barrow's main industry and employer. Several Royal Navy flagships, the vast majority of its nuclear submarines as well as numerous ocean liners and oil tankers were manufactured at the facility.

The end of the Cold War and subsequent decrease in military spending saw high unemployment in the town through lack of contracts; despite this, the BAE Systems shipyard remains operational as the UK's largest by workforce and has major future expansion plans associated with the Trident successor programme. Today Barrow is a hub for energy generation and handling. Several wind farms located off the coast of the town form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world.

Local authority: Cumbria County Council

OS Grid Reference: SD199690

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Things to see and do in and around Barrow-in-Furness

  • Forum 28
  • English Heritage Furness Abbey
  • LazerZone
  • The Custom House
  • The Dock Museum
  • Fuzzy Eds at the Owl and Pussycat
  • Swimming at the Park Leisure Centre
  • Climbing at Park Leisure Centre
  • Play at Park Leisure Centre
  • Furness Abbey
  • South Walney Nature Reserve
  • Dalton Leisure Centre
  • Gleaston Water Mill
  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Tourist Information

Barrow-in-Furness
Tourist Information Centre
Forum 28
Duke Street
Cumbria
England
LA14 1HU

Phone 01229 876 505
Email touristinfo@barrowbc.gov.uk
http://www.barrowtourism.co.uk/

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Forecast for Sunday 23 April

06:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 4°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 3mph.
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Pressure 1027
Humidity 85%
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 7°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
WNW
Pressure 1027
Humidity 65%
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12:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 9°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1026
Humidity 62%
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15:00


Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Pressure 1025
Humidity 64%
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18:00


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 9°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Pressure 1023
Humidity 71%
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21:00


Chance of rain 19%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 6°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
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Pressure 1021
Humidity 84%
UV Index n/a
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