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Barrow Ironworks

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of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire

Barrow Hematite Steel Co Ltd established separate ironworks and steelworks, separated by the Furness Railway main line.

WW2 By the beginning of WW2 the steelworks had been closed and was 'mothballed' but the ironworks continued to operate using the title of Barrow Hematite Steel Co Ltd.

1942 The steelworks was acquired by the Ministry of Supply and put back into production.

1948 the iron works was acquired by Barrow Ironworks Ltd.

1951 Nationalised under the Iron and Steel Act; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain[1]

1960 There were three furnaces in blast at the beginning of 1960[2]

About 1961, the blast furnaces were finally blown out. No 'new' steel was then produced, the works depending entirely on the remelting of scrap.

1961 Pig iron manufacturers; blast furnace and hot blast stove equipment makers and general engineers.

1963 At this time Cranleigh Group owned Millom Hematite Ore and Iron Co which purchased Barrow Ironworks from the Holding and Realization Agency[3]. The purchasers intended to close Barrow at an early date. The Barrow works closed on 31/3/1963.

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Sources of Information

  1. Hansard 19 February 1951
  2. [1] Barrow Steel Web Site
  3. The Times, 17 January 1963