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Barrow Steelworks

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Barrow Steelworks, a subsidiary of Barrow Hematite Steel Co of Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow Hematite Steel Co built its ironworks and its steelworks on separate sites, separated by the Furness Railway.

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

1942 The steelworks was acquired by the Ministry of Supply and put back into production, with United Steel Companies as agent[1].

1951 Nationalised; became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain; United Steel Companies as agent[2].

1961 Steelworks sold by the Holding and Realization Agency to United Steel Companies[3].

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

Barrow Steelworks later became part of British Steel.

Barrow Steelworks operated until 1983, and the site is now partly occupied by an industrial estate.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 8 July 1961
  2. The Times, 8 July 1961
  3. The Times, 8 July 1961