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What’s in a Name?

The first part of this compound name, Barrow, originates in the Norse Barrai, which means ‘naked island’ or ‘island off the promontory’. The final part is derived from Far Ness, referring to the promontory itself. In effect, the name refers to the distant landfall as can be viewed from the southern shore of Morecambe Bay (Barrow-in-Furness, [s.d.]).

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A leading Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, in his major work The Prelude, describes gazing in awe on the ruins of Furness Abbey, dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537, and seeing “the antique walls / Of a large abbey, with its fractured arch, / Belfry, and images, and living trees, / A holy scene!” (Wordsworth, 1995:24).


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    • Thank you! Essentially, the trivia is the answer that I give as a solution to a word search puzzle that I composed, but the format in here doesn’t allow me to post the puzzle and solution! However, I’ve already composed a book of such puzzles that is entitled Towns and Villages Situated along the North TransPennine Line: A Collection of Word Search Puzzles. That was my first attempt, but I want to continue bringing them out in future, and hopefully they’ll get better as I go.

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