May 26, 2008 at 14:29 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


There’s something reassuringly enduring about iron. Even if the iron ore mines and the iron works are long gone, their legacy lingers on as we have already seen with a large number of surviving Barrow street signs. Not only that; in these days of constant shifts in corporate ownerships and branding, and consequent frequent changes of corporate identity, the plain words VICKERS LIMITED set in wrought iron have outlasted the mighty engineering company by a good many years now. Of course, many Barrovians still speak of what is currently BAE Systems plc as “Vickers”. And real Barrovians think in terms of Vickers Armstrong. It’s more than a name, it’s a whole town’s culture.

When I was little, a railway track issued from this gate and joined the tracks that ran the length of Bridge Road and North Road. Those tracks are now a linear car park. A great shame.


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