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Village detective - Broughton in Furness
The obelisk and fish slabs in Broughton Market Square
Obelisk and fish slabs in Broughton Market Square
Andy Lowe is a village detective.

The Cumbrian local history enthusiast found out about the community in Broughton in Furness by following the clues...


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Broughton in Furness
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Andy Lowe has lived in Kendal since 1975. His main interests are photography, cycle racing, fell walking, steam railways and the classical guitar.

Since 1982 Andy has been an evening class tutor and day school lecturer for Liverpool, Newcastle and Lancaster Universities for courses on 'Industrial Archaeology of the Lake District' and 'Traditional Buildings'.

Andy is now Conservation Officer with the Lake District National Park Authority and is principally involved in advising on grant aided repairs to historic buildings and encouraging conservatiion and community projects in the Lake District's towns and villages.

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The village detective explores Broughton in Furness.

View over Broughton in Furness
View over Broughton in Furness

Andy Lowe
Andy Lowe, village detective

View over Broughton-in-Furness from the eastern approach road:
This compact market town dates from the 18th and 19th centuries and was once a busy centre of woodland craft industries, with a railway link to Coniston (1859-1962).
Today, the traditional industries and railway have gone, but the town still has a strong identity as a thriving rural community with a small weekly market and a busy livestock mart.

Syke House
Syke House

Syke House:
Syke House on the western approach is an attractive listed building with datestones of 1655 and 1740.
Before the mid-18th century, Broughton-in-Furness was a loose group of buildings, strung out along this ancient coastal route .

Broughton House
Broughton House

Broughton House:
Broughton House is a fine mid-18th century town house indicating the growing prosperity of this market town. Its formal elegance contrasts with the adjacent earlier small cottages.

The Market Square
Market Square

Market Square:
Broughton-in-Furness Market Square was formally laid out in 1760 by John Gilpin Sawrey, the Lord of the Manor, who lived at Broughton Tower,a large mansion just a short distance from the Square.
In the centre of the Square is an obelisk commemorating the Golden Jubilee of George III in 1810, two slate fish market slabs, old stocks, together with the surrounding three storey merchants houses and Town Hall, creates a unique feeling to this historic market town.

The Town Hall
The Town Hall and obelisk


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