.-In the early days of Barrow, the mere handful of Baptists then living in the town, rather than lose their individuality, used to meet for worship in a private house. As the town increased, so did the little knot of worshippers, and in 1865 they were formed into a church. Services were then held in Preston Street School, but in 1873 a plot of land facing Abbey Road was given by the Duke of Devonshire, and the erection of the present chapel commenced, In September of the same year the opening services were held, and the Rev. Jas. Hughes appointed to the pastorate. The entire cost of the building was £2,700, towards which the late Nathaniel Caine, Esq., contributed the handsome sum of £500. The building is of brick, relieved by bands of a lighter shade, and of the plain Gothic style. On one side of the south end rises a small tower, terminating in a slated spire. All the interior fittings are of pitch pine, varnished, and present a comfortable and clean appearance. In 1877 galleries were added, at a cost of £640, which increased the accommodation to 920. In the same year also new Sunday Schools were built.
from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882