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Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall

 

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  • Having become a major centre for ship building Barrow-in-Furness had become rich and the town council decided that one way this municipal wealth would be displayed would be like many other industrial towns in England through the construction of a new town hall.
  • A competition was held in 1877 soliciting entries for the building with William Henry Lynn winning.
  • Construction was then delayed until 1882 due to the escalating costs of the building, with the structure value engineered. Although the lower floors of the town hall were to be built from Hawcoat Sandstone, the decision was made to construct the clock tower with a cheaper substitute.
  • It was discovered in 1885 that the clock tower had substantial structural flaws caused by the use of cheaper sandstone, and thus had to be demolished and completely rebuilt from scratch into the form that stands today.

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Architect
William Henry Lynn

Reference Data

Reference No.
6657
First Uploaded
02-05-2012
Last Editorial Date
02-05-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Duke Street, Barrow-In-Furness. LA14 2LD
Council
Barrow Borough Council
County
Cumbria
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1877
Construction start date
1882
Completion date
1885
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
50.00

Total Floors (O.G)
6

Market Data

Primary Use
Government
Secondary Use
Clock Tower


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