Furness History and Heritage

Conishead Priory - 12th century Augustinian monastery is now a 21st century Buddhist Dharma centre.
Cumbric - the lost language of Celtic Cumbria survives in the poetry of two Welsh bards. Could there ever be a revival?
Dock Museum - The maritime history of Barrow-in-Furness. Barrow developed from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and then to a major British shipbuilding force, within 40 years.  
Florence hematite mine 'The Land of the Red Men' - At one time Furness and South West Cumbria had thousands of hematite miners who emerged from their work covered in the red dust of this mineral.
Furness Abbey - virtual tour
Furness Railway Trust -The Furness Railway Trust is a major force in railway preservation in the North West of England, based on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Furness Tradition   - celebrating the social & working heritage of Furness and surrounding areas.    Furness Tradition is a folk-arts development group, set up by volunteers to celebrate, encourage and make known the neglected musical inheritance of the Furness area... ...our main work includes an annual community folk festival and a year-round workshop education programme, both taking place in the area.
General Burgoyne, Urswick - named after the General whose defeat at the Battle of Saratoga changed the course of the American War of Independence, this an old inn in an ancient lakeside village. Unique atmosphere and excellent food!
Gleaston Water Mill and Archeological Site - large well-designed site with lots of interesting stuff in addition to medieval watermills and archeology
Muncaster Mill - another ancient village watermill whose origins may go back to Roman times.
Muncaster Castle - Treasures include a picture painted by Gainsborough for a bet; John of Bologna's Alabaster Lady; Henry VI's drinking bowl, known as the "Luck of Muncaster", dating from his stay at the Castle  in 1464 during the Wars of the Roses
Piel Island - a history of pirates, monks, smugglers, rebel invaders and a strange coronation ceremony.
RAF Museum - Millom - WWII Collection archive of over 2000 photographs. From the days when Millom was a very busy RAF base.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - this narrow gauge former haematite line now carries passengers on the most beautiful train journey in England.
Saint Patrick's return home to Cumbria - after his escape from captivity and shipwreck off Heysham.
To Death and Glory - Young people of Furness take part in an historical production about suffragettes and the First World War.
Ulverston Heritage Centre - A charitable organisation, run entirely by volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration and public use of a wide range of artefacts, documents and pictures
Urswick - A Celtic Monastery
There are many indicators in the limestone outcrop and drumlin-dominated landscape around Great and Little Urswick of the outer boundaries and core enclosure (inner precinct) of a large monastic complex

 

 

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