Best known for its nuclear
submarines and warships, this industrial town
really came to the fore during the 19th century,
first as a centre for iron working using local
iron-ore and later for shipbuilding. The
steelworks shut down in the 1980s.
A few miles northeast are the sandstone ruins of 12th century Furness Abbey, founded in 1123. It was the first large foundation to be outlawed under the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Also nearby is the Isle of Walney, which has an important nature reserve.