Useful links and resources
builds up their own library and their own preferred resources,
but the following are essential for anyone wishing to make
a serious study of the history of the Furness peninsula.
Like everything else in the world, Askam and Ireleth now have their own page on Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopaedia. The page is maintained by two Wiki editors, both of whom are existing or former Ireleth residents.
Records Office, Barrow
CRO has the most extensive archive of historical resources and
primary documents relating to our area. As well as records from
the Duke of Buccleuch's estate (relating in particular to the
iron ore industry in the nineteenth century) and Vickers Shipbuilding
and Engineering, the CRO has the school and parish records for
the whole area dating back many, many years. It also holds newspapers
on microfiche, tithe maps, records of soldiers who died in the
Great War, census returns — everything you might need when
researching local history.
North-West Evening Mail: Memories
The popular Memories section of the Mail occasionally features stories about, or featuring people from, Askam and Ireleth. Two recent stories are those on Fred Coulson, Hero of Stalag 4b, and on the Askam rugby team that won the North Western League Cup in 1904-05. The Mail also began, in mid-2009, a series of bulletin pages for sites within its circulation area. Askam has a section, titled askamlocal.co.uk.
Dunnerholme Golf Club
Currently maintained by Karl Shepherd, club captain (as at January 2008), the site provides information for visitors and guests, but also contains scenic views of the famous course.
and Marton's community web site
This is a wonderful site, full of useful historical and contemporary
information. Also has a guest book for ex-Lindalians, a picture
gallery and up-to-date info on issues such as the MAIWAG wind farm
Kirkby-in-Furness: The Roundheads
Photos, information and general community news on everything from sporting teams to parish council.
Millom Folk Museum
Opened in 1974, Millom's Folk Musuem has a large collection of artefacts (over 10,000) relating to the town's long association with iron-ore production through the Hodbarrow mine. The museum also has information on the late Norman Nicholson, the area's most well-known poet.
South Lakes Expatriots
The South Lakes site describes itself as "a site for expatriots". It has a photos page (mainly contemporary) and message forums.
Island: Everything you need to know
Similarly, Paul Turner (a local) has put together this site that draws on history,
information and other resources.
UK & Ireland
This site covers the whole of Britain and Ireland. It's extremely
useful for gathering information on local studies, church histories,
census returns, maps, poor house records and probate records.
An amazingly extensive site, even has information on production
and safety records for Askam's mines.
The Partnership was established in 1992 to 'consider the condition
of the Duddon Estuary, its use, the aspirations of local people
and the issues that affect the present and future environment and
economic activity'. A useful site for anyone who values the estuary.
Explore Low Furness
This site is currently focused on the southern side of the Furness peninsula,
but is still well worth a visit.
I came across Steve's site while searching for parish data; he's
interested in Cumbria and Cumbrian history and also has a site
devoted to English churches. His site is useful because it has
transcripts of documents such as Mannix's descriptions of the Furness
This Norwegian site has an excellent list of Viking words which
have entered English. While the sub-site describes itself as providing
'Yorkshire' words of Norse derivation, our own strong links with
the Vikings mean that Furness folk will recognise many of them.
St Peter's School
The web site for Ireleth St Peter's school. Information on staff,
term times, enrolments and examples of the childrens' work.
Absolutely nothing to do with history, but a good bit of fun. You didn't know there was so much going on in Askam . . .