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Hawcoat viewed from the former Thorncliffe School tower block in 2006
Hawcoat, Barrow location map.jpg
Hawcoat shown within Barrow-in-Furness
Population 4,922 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
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Hawcoat is an area and electoral ward of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Historically part of Lancashire, it is one of Barrow's most northerly wards and is bordered by Roose, Newbarns, Parkside, Ormsgill and the town of Dalton-in-Furness to the north.


17 Roanhead Lane within the original Hawcoat village is dated 1716

The ward is one of the few places in Barrow that has been permanently inhabited since the middle ages; Hawcoat was named and identified as Hietun in the Domesday Book, as a fief within the barony of Hougun. The vast majority of Hawcoat was built in the 1960s as a direct response expansion of Vickers shipyard, and was briefly referred to as 'Polaris Village' after the Polaris programme which involved Barrow-built Resolution-class submarines.

In 2011 it had a population of 4,922, representing a 7% decrease over a 10-year period.[2] The ward has more female residents than male and is the most ethnically diverse ward of Barrow, with 4.3% of the local population belonging to an ethnic group other than White British.[2] Hawcoat covers an area of 4.58 square kilometres and has a population density of 1,074/km² (compared to 886/km² in Barrow as a whole).[2] Hawcoat is one of Barrow's least deprived wards, with higher than average house prices and two areas where properties regularly sell for close to half a million GBP - The Crescent and The Gardens.

The Park Road circular road runs along the northern edge of Hawcoat connecting the A590 to Abbey Road. Furness General Hospital is located in Hawcoat and is a significant employer in the area.


The town's second most successful football club, Holker Old Boys F.C. is based in Hawcoat on Rakesmoor Lane.

Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club, formerly known as Vickers Sports Club (having been established by Vickers) is a popular recreational facility consisting of pitches, lawns and tennis courts. It is located in the southern periphery of Hawcoat and is also home to the Walney Terriers American Football Club.

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Coordinates: 54°08′13″N 3°12′50″W / 54.137°N 3.214°W / 54.137; -3.214