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Barrow Island (England)

For other places with the same name, see Barrow Island (disambiguation).
Barrow Island

Barrow Island shown within Barrow-in-Furness
Population 2,616 
District Barrow-in-Furness
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Barrow and Furness
List of places

Barrow Island is a built up island forming part of the town of Barrow-in-Furness, England. It is counted as one of the Islands of Furness although it has not been a real island since the 1980s when part of the Devonshire Dock was filled in to provide land for the building of Devonshire Dock Hall. The population of the Barrow Island political ward was 2,616 in the 2011 Census, which makes it the 9th most populated island in England.

The name of the town of Barrow-in-Furness is believed to derive from the Norse word Barrae, meaning Bare Island, which actually referred to Barrow Island. Since the 1860s the island has been connected to the mainland as its channel was modified to form two docks, the Buccleuch Dock and the Devonshire Dock. The remainder of its channel has also now been developed as part of the dock system. The Island is also known as 'Old Barrow'.

The World War Two defences constructed around Barrow Island have been documented by William Foot. They included a number of pillboxes to defend the docks. The principal threat was seizure of the docks by airborne troops;[1] a seaborne landing was thought to be highly unlikely unless Ireland was occupied first.

The island is home to Barrow Shipyard, owned now by BAE Systems. Former owners include The Barrow Iron Ship-Building Company, Vickers Shipbuilding, VSEL and Marconi Marine (VSEL), which became part of BAE in 1999. The shipyard remains one of the largest in the United Kingdom, rivalled only by that of Govan. The island also forms a major part of the Port of Barrow, owned by Associated British Ports. A large portion of The Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness is planned to be constructed on Barrow Island.


Vital statistics [2] Barrow Island Barrow-in-Furness England
Religious individuals 78.41% 81.61% 77.71%
Non-religious individuals 13.04% 10.79% 14.59%
Religion withheld 8.55% 7.59% 7.69%
Individuals in fairly
good to good health
84.27% 86.75% 90.97%
Individuals in bad health 15.73% 13.25% 9.03%
People aged 16-74 who
are economically active
61.19% 60.84% 66.87%
People aged 16-74 who
aren't economically active
38.81% 39.16% 33.13%
People aged 16-74
with no qualifications
37.11% 32.82% 28.85%

See also


  • Map sources for Barrow Island, Barrow-in-Furness

Coordinates: 54°06′11″N 3°13′55″W / 54.103°N 3.232°W / 54.103; -3.232

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