The abbey, an inspiration for both Wordsworth and Turner, was founded in the early 12th century by Stephen, later king of England. By the time Henry VIII ordered its dissolution in 1537 it was the second richest in England.
Thank you to Barrow in Old Photos and all it’s members for sharing their pictures and perhaps bringing back a few memories.
Medieval Living History Fair on 2nd December at The Abbey Mill Cafe next to Furness Abbey!
Small living history camp, chainmail weighing competition, sword fighting demonstration and more!
BERNARD DEVLIN, FURNESS ABBEY, A LITTLE HISTORY
There has been an established packhorse route running through Barrow-in-Furness since the Middle Ages, and Bow Bridge was constructed to help aid the effective flow of traffic across Mill Beck to the nearby Furness Abbey.
Sir John Barrow was born 19 June 1794 He excelled at mathematics; accompanied Lord McCartney’s expedition to China, 1792; wrote naval biographies, and the standard account of the mutiny on the Bounty; and became Second Secretary to the Admiralty, promoting british exploration. He died in London, 1848.
The full uninterrupted grave of a Cistercian abbot has been discovered by archaeologists at the ruins of Furness Abbey, one of Britain’s most influential medieval monasteries.
“With the help of English Heritage and the Abbey House Hotel, we have produced a quality leaflet with beautiful photos and a wealth of accurate, historical information.”
Find out about Furness’s historical importance. Royal appointed guides help walkers navigate the tidal expanse using methods that date back centuries.