Borough of Barrow-in-Furness

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Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
Official logo of Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
Shown within Cumbria
Shown within Cumbria
Coordinates (Barrow-In-Furness Town Centre): 54°06′42″N 3°13′34″W / 54.11155°N 3.22614°W / 54.11155; -3.22614
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyCumbria
Historic countyLancashire
Admin. HQBarrow Town Hall,
 • TypeBarrow-in-Furness Borough Council
 • Leadership:Alternative – Sec.31
 • MPs:Simon Fell
 • Total30.11 sq mi (77.98 km2)
Area rank242nd
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total67,049
 • RankRanked 300th
 • Density2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Area code(s)01229
ONS code16UC (ONS)
E07000027 (GSS)
Ethnicity (2011)97.1%% White British
0.9% White Other
0.9% Asian
0.5% Mixed Race
0.1% Black
0.1% Other

Barrow-in-Furness is a local government district with borough status in Cumbria, England. It is named after its main town, Barrow-in-Furness. Other settlements include Dalton-in-Furness and Askam-in-Furness. It is the smallest district in the county, but is the most densely populated, with 924 people per square kilometre. The population was 71,980 in 2001,[1] reducing to 69,087 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The area covered by the district is at the edge of the Furness peninsula. It jolts into the Irish Sea, being north of Morecambe Bay and south of the Duddon Estuary. The current borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the former county borough of Barrow-in-Furness and the Dalton-in-Furness urban district from the administrative county of Lancashire. Despite being one of England's smallest local authorities it has a coastline of 63 km and has equally diverse built and natural environments. This includes 274 Listed buildings and four SSSIs, ranking as the seventh highest concentration of 325 districts on the English Heritage Index.[3]

Barrow Borough Council[edit]

Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council sits at the Town Hall in Barrow. It is led by a mayor, who is elected by council members. In 2006, the Council was fined £125,000 for violation of health and safety laws that led to the deaths of seven people in the United Kingdom's worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.[clarification needed] The council also became the UK's first public body to be charged with corporate manslaughter, but was found not guilty.[4]

Following boundary changes in 2008,[5] the council is composed of 36 seats, elected across 13 wards. From 2011 the council has switched from the previous system of elections occurring over a four-year cycle, with a third of seats elected each year and one 'fallow' year, to one where full council elections occur every four years.[6]

Since its inception in 1973, the council has often been under Labour control, most recently from the 2011 election, but with three years of Conservative control (1976–1979) and ten years of no overall control (most recently from 2006 to 2011).[7]

Current Composition
As of the 2015 election[7]

Affiliation Members
Labour Party 27
Conservative Party 9

Council wards[edit]

The Borough of Barrow-in-Furness comprises thirteen electoral wards, all of which can be seen on the map below.

The densely residential Barrow Island
Victorian architecture in Central Barrow
A coastal scene in North Walney

Barrow-in-Furness UK ward map 2010 (blank).svg


  1. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Barrow-in-Furness Local Authority (E07000027)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Barrow-in-Furness Local Authority (E07000027)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Explore the Heritage Index for England". The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ Government of the United Kingdom
  6. ^ "Whole Council Elections". Barrow Borough Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b "England council elections". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2011.