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The development of agriculture in Furness suffered from the region being so isolated. In 1772, Thomas Pennant, an 18th century traveller and author of several guide books, wrote the inhabitants of these parts have but recently applied themselves to husbandry.

Among the manures, sea-sand and live mussels are frequently used, but till within these twenty years the use of dung was scarcely known to them. Pennant also noted that beans were grown for export to Liverpool 'for the food of the poor enslaved negroes in the Guinea trade'.