Walney, Wind and Water, by Bryn Trescatheric
Published by the Barrow Dock Museum in 2008, 62 pages. Rectangular paperback - c.14.5cm by 20.5cm (N4702)
This book provides a fascinating history of Walney Island, which is part of Barrow-in-Furness. Commonly known as Barrow, the town is an industrial port that was historically part of Lancashire (but which is now part of Cumbria), and Walney Island lies a little way from the shoreline of the town, across a short channel.
Barrow was a major centre for ship building and armaments, and Vickers dominated the town in the latter part of the 19th, and all of the 20th centuries. Vickers is now known as BAE, and remains key to the towns future and survival, with the huge submarine shed towering over the town. But back when Walney Island was largely fields, Vickers owned alot of the land on the island, and was instrumental in developing it as an area of housing for the workforce. This led to the creation of 'Vickerstown' on the island, and Vickers was later a major supporter of the campaign to build a bridge across the channel, to help it's workers get to work. To this day the old Vickers Social Club is situated on the Island, and many of Walney's street names are suggestive of it's orgins and history!
This book is a fascinating short history of Walney, and is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs. (The book comes highly recommended - one half of Di and Saul books was born and raised on Walney!)
The condition of the book is as new - but please note there is a small price sticker on the rear side cover