Devonshire Buildings

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Devonshire Buildings
Devonshire Buildings, North block.jpg
The northern most block of the Devonshire Buildings viewed from Michaelson Road
Coordinates54°06′15″N 3°13′52″W / 54.1041°N 3.2311°W / 54.1041; -3.2311Coordinates: 54°06′15″N 3°13′52″W / 54.1041°N 3.2311°W / 54.1041; -3.2311
Built1875
ArchitectPaley and Austin
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated6 May 1976
Reference no.1197845
Devonshire Buildings is located in Cumbria
Devonshire Buildings
Location in Cumbria

The Devonshire Buildings are two adjacent apartment buildings in the Barrow Island area of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. They are both recorded in the National Heritage List for England as designated Grade II* listed buildings.[1][2]

Constructed in the 1870s for the Barrow Iron Ship Building Company to house local shipyard workers, the buildings are nearly symmetrical and have octagonal towers at the end of each block. The buildings are similar to tenements in Glasgow, Scotland, which were inspired by housing in France.[3] Between 2008 and 2013 Devonshire Buildings were extensively refurbished by the Holker Group.[4]

Similar tenements exist across Barrow Island, with those on Barque, Brig, Sloop and Steamer Streets also having listed building status. The Vickerstown estate on Walney Island was constructed between 1898 and 1901 in an effort to relieve overcrowding in the Barrow Island tenements, which had already seen some shipyard workers forced to live aboard the liner SS Alaska, which was moored in Barrow docks.

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  1. ^ Historic England, "Devonshire Buildings, 10–14 Michaelson Road, Barrow-in-Furness (1197845)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 March 2013
  2. ^ Historic England, "Devonshire Buildings, 1–9 Michaelson Road, Island Road Mission, and the Devonshire Public House, Barrow-in-Furness (1218436)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 10 March 2013
  3. ^ The History of Devonshire Buildings, Holker Estate, retrieved 10 March 2013
  4. ^ Major refurbishment project at Devonshire Buildings, Holker Estate, retrieved 10 March 2013

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