Nan Tait Centre

October 21, 2008 at 18:31 | Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments


This is the former Technical School on Abbey Road. I’m not at all clear who Nan Tait is or was but the building is now home to the Registry Office, various local government related offices, and a number of arts projects.

The building is dated 1910.



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  1. The Nan Tait Centre on Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness – was the Old Technical College.
    I’ve contact the lovely people at the tourist office hoping that someone there will be able to tell all of us about old Nan Tait, I’m sure she was a lovely lady.

  2. Nan was a former councillor of the town not sure but I think she was also a former mayor of the town as well

  3. Thank you, both of you!

  4. Nan was indeed a very lovely caring lady, she was a Councillor and later Mayor in the late 50’s early 60’s. I had the pleasure of knowing her and enjoying her company. Think she was a Councillor for Hindpool Ward, the person that could give you more information is the lady you put me in contact with.

  5. Nan Tait was a councillor for many years and a building in Barrow has been named after her. The Nan Tait Centre.

    Kindest regards


    Angela Doughty
    Tourist Information Officer

  6. Completed in 1903 and named after a former councillor and mayor of the town, the Nan Tait Centre on Abbey Road in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness is a former technical college and a Grade II listed building

  7. I really like this super, thanks for sharing…

  8. Nan Tait Centre was designed by architects Woodhouse and Willoughby it was built for the Barrow Corporation as the town’s new Technical School. The foundation stone was laid on 26 May 1900 and the school was officially opened three years later on 25 August 1903. The Technical School narrowly escaped Luftwaffe bombing during World War II, although its close neighbour Christ Church was almost completely destroyed in April 1941.

  9. I was born in James Watt Terrace, on Barrow Island, in 1950 and I have not visited Barrow since leaving in the early 60’s.
    I knew Nan Tait and her husband Dave, very well……they were my godparents.
    I’m not certain but think that Dave Tait and my father may have served together in the Royal Navy.
    Nan, as I clearly recall from my early childhood, was indeed a very lovely, caring lady whom I enjoyed visiting at their home in Ferry Road on many occasions.

    • Nan Tait was my Great Aunt,maiden name Mccall. I was born in 1950 in Manchester but in my 20’s moved to Askam in Furness. I lived in Askam for about 10 years and worked for Barrow Corporation Transport Dept.

      I would like to know the date of Nan’s death and more information about Dave.

      Many thanks
      Robert McCall

    • Apologies for the delay in reply.
      My late mother had a newspaper clipping containing a short explanation of why a building was renamed the “Nan Tait Centre” It indicated that she died at the age of 83 in August 1999.
      In addition she had three family photographs all featuring Nan and Dave.
      I have copies of all these items and if you would like them please feel free to contact me at
      Kind regards,
      Les Davies

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