The Iron City by the Sea

May 31, 2008 at 09:37 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


All that blood-red stone in the heart of town can seem oppressive at times, but raise your eyes and there are little bits of magic to be seen. Like this intricately-carved stone plaque, which would have done credit to many a mediaeval cathedral, close to the entrance to the shipyard offices in Bridge Road, Barrow Island. I wonder how many people notice this? The BSBC referred to is the Barrow Ship Building Company. The stag’s head comes, I believe from the arms of the Scott family, Dukes of Buccleuch, who put up part of the capital for the whole Barrow project.

While doing some research for this piece I stumbled upon a piece about Barrow published in the New York Times in 1881. It does a good job, I think, of evoking the grandeur that was Barrow.


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  1. I have to say since doing the daily photo I scrutinse my town more now and often find little items like this that tend to go unoticed. Isn’t it amazing too when researching, you come across links to places you were totally unaware of and news items are to be found in the most far flung corners of the world.

    Interesting post.

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