Backbarrow Ironworks, Haverthwaite, South Lakeland - Lake District (NP)

The surviving structures of Backbarrow Ironworks represent the best illustration nationally of iron-smelting technology development from the early C18 to the C20. The scheduled monument is being repaired as part of a Section 106 agreement for development of part of the site for residential units. Repairs are nearing completion. A newly established Trust will be taking on management of the site once repairs are complete. Historic England will be providing grant aid for maintenance via a Section 17 Management Agreement.

Backbarrow Ironworks, Haverthwaite, South Lakeland - Lake District (NP)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Backbarrow ironworks
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1007084
  • Local Planning Authority: Lake District (NP)
  • Site Type: Industrial > Metal industry site


  • Building Name: Backbarrow Ironworks
  • County: Cumbria
  • District / Borough: South Lakeland
  • Parish: Haverthwaite
  • National Park: Lake District (NP)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Westmorland and Lonsdale
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Fair
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: E - Under repair or in fair to good repair, but no user identified; or under threat of vacancy with no obvious new user (applicable only to buildings capable of beneficial use)
  • Previous Priority: E
  • Ownership: Commercial company