Biggar, Cumbria

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Biggar Village
Biggar is located in Cumbria
Biggar shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD186662
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA14
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
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54°05′10″N 3°14′35″W / 54.086°N 3.243°W / 54.086; -3.243Coordinates: 54°05′10″N 3°14′35″W / 54.086°N 3.243°W / 54.086; -3.243

Biggar is a village towards the south of Walney Island in Cumbria, England. Along with the village of North Scale, it is the oldest settlement on the island. It now forms part of the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.

Furness Abbey records from 1292 mention a grange at Biggar, of around 100 acres (0.40 km2) in size.[1] Biggar Dyke was built in the Sixteenth century [when the village was part of Dalton Parish] as coastal defence for the village and island. The first mention of the name the 'Queen's Arms' was in 1869 to distinguish it from the recently opened 'New Inn' in the village although it was a beer house as early as 1753.

Biggar has remained outside of the main urban limits of Walney and Barrow-in-Furness, and is still a small farming village. It lies on the western coast of Walney, to the north of a nature reserve, containing one of England's few oyster farms.


  1. ^ Barnes, F.; 1968; Barrow and District; Second Edition; Barrow-in-Furness Corporation;

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