Step into Kirkby in Furness, where history and railroads intertwine. Situated along the scenic route of the Duddon Estuary and the A595. Established in 1846, the Furness Railway birthed the town’s identity. Originally known as ‘Kirkby Ireleth,’ the town underwent a name change to distinguish itself from the nearby Ireleth Gate station. The railway, pivotal in transporting slates, played a vital role in shaping the town’s character. From the inaugural trains laden with tons of slates to the iconic railway bridge built in 1956, Kirkby in Furness embodies the tenacity of its community.
Timeless Charm and Natural Beauty
Kirkby in Furness isn’t just a town; it’s a captivating odyssey through history and natural splendour. Explore its six hamlets: Soutergate, Wall End, Beck Side, Sand Side, Marshside, and Chapels. Each hamlet is echoing with tales dating back to the Domesday Book. Blessed with its proximity to the Lake District National Park, Kirkby in Furness is an excellent base to explore the Cumbrian coastline and the Lakes. Discover traces of ancient civilizations, including a significant find from 509 AD and remnants of Roman forts, adding layers of historical allure to this picturesque town.
Kirkby in Furness stands resilient, having weathered challenging times, including a dangerous railway crossing incident and a significant train collision in 1939. Despite these trials, the community united, demonstrating unwavering support and compassion. The construction of the Grade II listed bridge in 1956 remains a testament to Kirkby’s solidarity. As you explore this town steeped in railway history, you’ll witness not just the tracks but also the indomitable spirit of its people. Enjoy your visit, and let Kirkby in Furness inspire you with its enduring charm and community resilience!