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Barrow-in-Furness Town Information

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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.

Jubilee Bridge, Barrow-in-Furness - Photo © Rosalind Mitchell
Jubilee Bridge, Barrow-in-Furness
Photo: Rosalind Mitchell CCL