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Broughton in Furness

There are other places also called Broughton in Lancashire.

BROUGHTON-IN-FURNESS, or West Broughton, a small town, a township-chapelry, and a subdistrict in the district of Ulverstone, Lancashire. The town stands on the river Duddon, adjacent to the Furness railway, at the junction of the branch line to Coniston, 9 miles, by road, NW by N of Ulverstone. It occupies a hill slope; is edificed with stone houses, nearly in a regular square; and has, of late years, undergone great improvement. It has a post office under Ulverstone, a railway station with telegraph, two chief inns, and a grammar school. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on 27 April, 1 Aug., and 6 Oct. A manufacture of woollen yarn used to be carried on; and an export trade in roofing slates and in iron and copper ores, from neighbouring mines, is now considerable. The chapelry includes the town; is in Kirkby-Ireleth parish; and comprises 7,040 acres. Real property, £6,677. Pop., 1,183. Houses, 239. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged for several centuries to the Broughton family; and was forfeited, in 1487, by Sir Thomas Broughton, who joined Lambert Simnel, and fell in the battle of Stoke. Broughton tower, now the seat of J. D. Sawrey, Esq., crowns an eminence about a mile N of the town; includes part of the ancient mansion of the Broughtons; and commands a brilliant and extensive view. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £108.* Patron, J. D. Sawrey, Esq. The church is tolerable; and there are two dissenting chapels. Charities, £15. The subdistrict consists of Kirkby-Ireleth parish and an extra-parochial tract.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)


Archives and Libraries

Local Studies information is held at

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library,
140 Duke Street,
LA14 1XW.



The following books contain useful information about the history of Broughton-in-Furness and the surrounding area.

  • 'Broughton in Furness, its church and manor' by HV Koop, 1954. Republished 1975 by Michael moon ISBN 090431 08 4.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Broughton in Furness area is Ulverston.


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Residents in 1882 found in Mannex's directory of Furness and Cartmel.



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Historical Geography

In 1835 Broughton in Furness was a chapelry and a township in the parish of Kirkby Ireleth.

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The history of Broughton in Furness as described in Mannex's directory of Furness and Cartmel, 1882.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Broughton in Furness was in the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York, whose records are deposited at the Borthwick Institute. A list of the probate records at York which relate specifically to the ancient parish of Kirkby Ireleth (including Broughton-in-Furness and Seathwaite) is available at Cumbria Record Office, Barrow.


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