Queens Arms

May 17, 2008 at 14:41 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Queens Arms, Biggar

Centuries before Barrow was anything more than a tiny fishing hamlet, the village of Biggar was an established community of farmers and fishermen. It huddles halfway down Walney, with the windows of its oldest buildings turned inwards like a circle of Boer waggons. Against what? The fierce winds that blast the island in winter? Marauders from the sea? Anyway, although there is little or no arable farming on the island anymore there is plenty of evidence for it in the past, in the form of corduroy patterns of ridge and furrow corrugating the fields. These days Biggar is home to well-heeled commuters and horses in paddocks, and in summer the immediate area looks like a little bit of Surrey plucked up and dropped in the North. It’s even got an old Surrey-like pub, the Queens, which to be fair is a rarity in Barrow in serving a passable pint of hand-pulled beer and reasonable food of an evening.

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  1. Marauding Scots raping and pillaging perhaps fair English dames?


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