Barrow's History

Barrow's History

The History of Barrow In Furness

The history of Barrow In Furness is a fascinating one. Thanks to iron ore and the Furness Railway was a nineteenth century boom-town but there is much more to the story than that. Archaeological discoveries are helping to re-write history from the Oldest Northerner to a fascinating Viking hoard that tells us that Furness was still dominated by the Vikings even after Anglo-Saxon kings like X had reasserted their control over most of the rest of England. And the amazing story of the shipyard is just touched on here.

These pages give an introductions to the history and heritage of the area but to see the objects yourself and to find out more a visit to the Dock Museum is essential!





What's On

  • Barrow during the First World War
    We look at the little-told story of Barrow's contribution to the First World War; shells, housing sh...

    3rd February 2018

  • Finds Day February 2018
    RESCHEDULED  Stuart Noon, the Finds Liaison Officer for the North West, will be at...

    28th February 2018

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Access & Facilities



1 hour from the M6 through the south lakes

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