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1. Farm-house and out-buildings, occupied by James Holme, farmer.

In 1801, John Hunter was the occupier, and had Jacob Parker, the tide-waiter, for a lodger.

Thomas Deason succeeded John Hunter as tenant, and afterwards Thomas King, hind to John Paxton, resided here.

2. Cottage occupied by Robert Dixon.

3. Cottage occupied by George Huddleston. Up to 1842 it had been occupied by Robert Thexton. These two cottages were built about 1830 on the site of an old smithy in which work had been attended to twice a week by William Postlethwaite, blacksmith of Hawcoat.

4. Farm-house and out-buildings occupied by Thomas King, farmer, John Smith, shoemaker, and Margaret (Peggy Creary), (widow of Robert Creary) wig baker. The house was rebuilt in 1783 by John Gibson, and divided in 1822, in which year Thomas Simpson opened a butcher’s shop in the farm yard; the first butcher’s shop in Barrow. An old cottage stood in the yard, which was occupied by William Kendall during the first quarter of the 19th century, but was afterwards pulled down. The Cottage was originally a calf-shed, in which Mary Falshaw kept a school about the year 1808, when the shed was converted into a cottage and occupied first by Thomas Helm, labourer, and afterwards by Robert Creary, ore-loader.

5. Cottage occupied by Betty Simpson, labourer.


6. Dwelling-house, garden and yard, occupied by the owner. The house was built in the year 1815 and occupied by James Simpson, yeoman, afterwards a butcher. Thomas Hodgson frequently sub-let a portion of his house. He had occupied it since 1835.The property was held on 1000 years lease at the yearly rent of one peppercorn; and was originally part of Gibson’s homestead (No 4).

7. Farm-house, occupied by the owner.

The house was rebuilt in 1743, by Christopher Brown, master mariner, of Barrow.

8. Cottage, occupied by Thomas Woodburn, labourer.

The Cottage was built about the year 1780, and was occupied for some 40 years by Christopher Wilkinson, ore-weigher, who died here in September 1822, aged 84.

9. Dwelling-house and shop occupied by John Hartley, grocer, lately vacated by George Fell, retired farmer.The house was built about 1830 in place of an old cottage which was occupied at the beginning of last century by Seth Falshaw, labourer, the husband of Mary Falshaw, the schoolmistress.

The house was built in the 18th century, and like the other farm-houses in the village, occupied the site of one of the homesteads founded by the monks of Furness for their tenants.

Peggy Wilkinson succeeded Mary Falshaw as the village school-mistress.

10. Cart shed, occupied by the owner.

This shed had originally been a one storey thatched cottage, built about the middle of the 18th century. The Cottage was occupied for the first thirty years of last century by Matthew Dixon, ore-loader, who left it on account of its dilapidated condition. He was a native of Barrow, born in 1777.

11. Dwelling-house, known as Ivy Cottage, occupied by John Fisher, gentleman. He was the only gentleman in the village. The house was built about the year 1820.

12. House and shop, occupied by Thomas Sherwin, grocer. The premises had been occupied by William Barker, grocer, till his death, about 1835.

13. Dwelling-house, occupied by Richard Cornthwaite, afterwards of Cocken farm. Former tenants were Captain James Storey, Captain Thomas Mattix, (both master mariners) and Thomas Hodgson, Custom’s officer. The latter removed from here in 1835 to the house No 6.The property was built on land leased to Wm Barker in 1803 by the Newland Iron Company for a term of 1000 years at a yearly rent of one peppercorn.   OWNER. THE EARL OF BURLINGTON

14. Dwelling-house, occupied by Robert Reay, shipping agent. The house was built about the year 1825 for William Harrison, farmer, son of Betty Harrison, who then resided in the old farm-house, the ‘Burlington Arms’ Inn. (See No 18).

15. Malt-kiln, occupied by James Tyson, farmer, innkeeper, and maltster.

The kiln was built early in the 19th century, and was rented for many years by Joseph Fisher, farmer and maltster, who resided at No 26.

16. Iron Ore yard, occupied by Thomas Atkinson, Matthew Denney and George Ashburner in the 18th century. In 1801 James Harrison, farmer, and victualler, was the occupier. He was succeeded by his son Thomas, whose widow Betty kept the inn till her death.

Original wall

of Ivy Cottage

Site of

 Ivy Cottage

16. Iron Ore yard, occupied by Thomas Atkinson, Matthew Denney and George Ashburner.

17. Dwelling-house occupied by Captain James Barrow, shipping agent, pilot and schoolmaster, (cousin to Sir John Barrow, Bart Secretary to the Admiralty).

At the beginning of the 19th century a small barn occupied the site. John Idle used the barn for many years as a schoolroom till about 1815, when the house was built for Captain Barrow.

(The house was opened as a grocer’s shop by James Fisher, who in April, 1847, was appointed first postmaster at Barrow).

18. Inn, ‘Burlington Arms’, occupied by James Tyson.

This was the original farm-house to the Earl of Burlington's property. It was rebuilt in the 18th century. In 1801 James Harrison, farmer, and victualler, was the occupier. He was succeeded by his son Thomas, whose widow Betty kept the inn till her death.

20. Inn. ('Ship Inn'), occupied by Rachel Robinson, widow of William Robinson, who died in 1842. The first house on this site was built about the year 1745 on the foreshore, barely out of the reach of an ordinary spring tide. John Cragg was the landlord at the beginning of the last century, and he was succeeded by William Cragg. John Parker occupied the inn for some time prior to William Robinson's tenancy.

21. Smithy and Cottage, occupied by Matthew Todd, blacksmith. Built about 1820, and for some time occupied by Thomas Gibson, the predecessor of Matthew Todd.

22. Iron Ore yard and jetty or stage, occupied by the owners. The jetty was built in 1790.

(The 'Ship Inn' now occupies the site of the ore yard).

23. Dwelling-house, occupied in November, 1843; lately vacated by John Hartley, Grocer.

The house was built about the year 1780, and occupied by William Barker, grocer, till he built his new shop in 1803 (See No 12).

Iron Ore Route to Waterfront

(Public Road on Plan)




With notes by  WILLIAM  BARROW  KENDALL  6th January, 1903

The numbers prefixed to these notes refer to the corresponding numbers on the accompanying plan.

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by Alice Leach

24. Cottage, occupied by Robert Thexton, lately removed from cottage numbered 3 on Map. Matthew Dixon lived here after vacating the old cottage No 10.

25. Cottage, occupied by William Atkinson, labourer, known as 'Wicked Will' to distinguish him from the other William Atkinson, who was called 'Civil Will' (See No 32). This cottage and the proceeding one were built about 1830.

26. Farm-house and out-buildings occupied by Philip Fisher, farmer. John Bleasdale occupied the farm in 1801, and was succeeded by Joseph Fisher, farmer and maltster, the father of Philip Fisher, aforesaid.The house was rebuilt in the 17th century, and was the oldest house in the village.

27. Coal yard, occupied by Philip Fisher.

28. Coal yard and old lime-kiln, occupied by Thomas Atkinson, Matthew Denney, and George Ashburner.

29. Iron Ore yard, office and stage or jetty, occupied by Robert Town, and Joseph Rawlinson.

The jetty was built about the year 1833. (The 'Royal Hotel', now the Barrow Amateur Cycling and Athletic Club House, occupies the site of the ore yard).

30. Rough slope and lime-kiln, occupied by Philip Fisher, and a pig-sty occupied by Richard Close's pig.

31. Iron Ore yard, office with weighing machine, and jetty or stage, occupied by John Schneider, Henry William Schneider, James Farrell and James Davis. The jetty was built in 1842. The Harbour Hotel now occupies the site of the ore yard.

32. Dwelling-house divided into two. The eastern half occupied by Thomas Heslam, 'tailor and draper and dealer in checks'. The western half occupied by William Atkinson, called 'Civil Will'.

This house (known as 'Thimble Hall') was built by Jacob Parker, about the year 1810, and occupied by Anthony High, tailor, till 1822. James Fell, butcher, occupied William Atkinson's house between 1830 and 1840.

33. Three cottages, occupied by Henry Guinnes, ore-loader, Joseph Winder, labourer, and John Holmes, brick-maker. The premises were built originally as a stable, cart house and butcher's shop, and converted into cottages in 1840.

The site of Schneider’s Jetty