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Heavy Engineering Shop at Vickers Ship and Engineering Limited

A Grade II Listed Building in Barrow Island, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.1064 / 54°6'23"N

Longitude: -3.2308 / 3°13'50"W

OS Eastings: 319625

OS Northings: 468535

OS Grid: SD196685

Mapcode National: GBR 5NWY.BQ

Mapcode Global: WH72P.B1SS

Entry Name: Heavy Engineering Shop at Vickers Ship and Engineering Limited

Listing Date: 20 December 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197844

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388533

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14

County: Cumbria

District: Barrow-in-Furness

Town: Barrow-in-Furness

Electoral Ward/Division: Barrow Island

Built-Up Area: Barrow-in-Furness

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Barrow-in-Furness St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


SD1968 MICHAELSON ROAD, Barrow Island
708-1/13/93 (West side)
Heavy Engineering Shop at VSEL


Engineering workshops. c1900 though probably incorporating
building of c1875. For Vickers, Sons and Maxim Ltd. Snecked
red sandstone, corrugated sheet roofs.
Tall single-storey building with multiple roofs and occupying
large rectangular site bounded by Michaelson Road and Bridge
Road at junction of which is a re-entrant corner. Michaelson
Road front is 42 bays in length and 7 roof spans in depth.
Left return, to Bridge Road is of 11 bays. Michaelson Road
front: continuous, chamfered sill band to tall casements with
glazing bars under segmental arches with keystones; band
beneath the arch imposts. Bay 35 has double-chamfered round
archway flanked by narrower windows in slight projection.
Over-sailing course and blocks support gutter and parapet
walkway. Gable to right end (at Engine Gate); hipped end to
Left return (facing Bridge Road): bay 1 (adjacent to Centre
Gate) has large round-arched window with impost; keystone and
hoodmould in recess beneath inclined corbel tables to gable
parapet with ashlar copings and roll finial. 10 bays to right
are as Michaelson Road front.
INTERIOR: main length of building has 3 bays with riveted
stanchions, sandstone dividing walls and 3 other bays with
cylindrical stanchions. Lightweight, steel roof trusses.
The main range facing Michaelson Road housed ordnance shops in
which were built naval gun mountings; 3 erecting shops
measuring 1000x50 feet were served by 8 machine shops set at
right-angles. 10-12 mountings for guns up to 12 inch bore
could be built at one time.
Set back by 3 bays from Michaelson Road is a 3-bay section
bounded by stone walls which is likely to be the Machining and
Erecting Shop shown on plans of the works of the Barrow Iron
Shipbuilding Co; this earlier shop originally measured 420x150
feet in 3 spans.
The buildings clearly indicate the scale of operation of the
shipbuilding and engineering works at the turn of the century;
its roadside frontages make a major contribution to the
industrial scene in a town where the buildings of other major
C19 industries have been almost completely swept away.
(The Barrow in Furness Almanack and Tide Tables: Barrow in
Furness: 1886-: 86-89 & LITHOGRAPHS; Vickers Sons & Maxim Ltd:
Their Works and Manufactures: 1898-: 129-156; Richardson A:
Vickers Sons and Maxim Ltd: London: 1902-: 66).

Listing NGR: SD1962568535

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