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Broughton in Furness
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Broughton-in-Furness.jpg
St Mary Magdalene's Church, Broughton-in-Furness
Broughton in Furness is located in Cumbria
Broughton in Furness
Broughton in Furness
 Broughton in Furness shown within Cumbria
Population 529 ([1])
OS grid reference SD2087
Civil parish Broughton West
District South Lakeland
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA20
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Barrow and Furness
List of places

Coordinates: 54°16′41″N 3°12′50″W / 54.278°N 3.214°W / 54.278; -3.214

Broughton in Furness is a small market town on the southern boundary of England's Lake District National Park. It is located in the Furness region of Cumbria, which was part of Lancashire before 1974. It lies near the River Duddon, just inland from the coastal hamlet of Foxfield.

Broughton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria.[1] Dating from around the eleventh century, the original settlement grew to become the local market town for both fishing and agriculture, and now holds a regular farmers cattle market. The central obelisk in the town square was constructed to mark the Jubilee of King George III in 1810.

In 1859, the Coniston branch of the Furness Railway, which passed through the town, was opened. Nearly one hundred years later, in 1958, the line was closed and dismantled, and the cleared ground is now a public bridleway. Broughton's nearest railway station is now Foxfield railway station, 2 miles (3.2 km) south west of the town.

The creation of the National Park in the 1950s produced some tourism for the area, though most tourists still head further north or east into the central lakes. In the 1990s the A595 road was diverted in an attempt to improve the environment of the town and help it retain its rural feel.

The town contains, amongst other shops, a Post Office/newsagents, a grocer/butcher, a bakery and a number of pubs/restaurants. There is a Tourist Information Centre located in the main square.

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