Nan Tait Centre

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Nan Tait Centre
The Nan Tait Centre, Barrow.jpg
The Nan Tait Centre in July 2007
General information
Location Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°06′55″N 3°13′47″W / 54.115408°N 3.229696°W / 54.115408; -3.229696
Current tenants Various
Construction started 1900
Completed 1903
Owner Cumbria County Council
Design and construction
Architect Woodhouse and Willoughby
Main contractor W Gradwell and Co.

The Nan Tait Centre is a Grade II listed building located at Abbey Road in the Hindpool area of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.[1] Designed by architects Woodhouse and Willoughby it was built for the Barrow Corporation as the town's new Technical School. The foundation stone was laid on 26 May 1900 and the school was officially opened three years later on 25 August 1903.[1] The Technical School narrowly escaped Luftwaffe bombing during World War II, although its close neighbour Christ Church was almost completely destroyed in April 1941.[2] In 1970 the technical school was replaced by Thorncliffe School in Hawcoat and as a result was neglected falling into a near dilapidated state, despite this the building was ultimately redeveloped in the early 2000s at a cost of £4 million[3] and was named in honour of Agnes "Nan" Tait (Mayor of the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness from 1959 to 1960).[4] The Nan Tait centre is now multifunctional serving as a cultural, exhibition and arts centre as well as a general office building. The Barracudas carnival band,[5] Dare Dance,[6] Capita Symonds,[7] Barrow Borough Sports Council[8] and Barrow Register Office[9] are all tenants of the centre.


The majority of the Nan Tait Centre is two storey, with the exception of the centrally located domed four storey tower.[1] The building is red brick and terracotta with a slate roof and is noted for its two large east-facing engravings; one panel depicts six robed females underneath the moto 'Ars Longa Vita Brevis', whilst the other bears the moto 'Labor omnia vincit' as well as numerous technology-related scenes.[1] Two large gable ends also face onto Bath Street and the centre's car park.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "College of Further Education Annexe including front railings and piers". English Heritage. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Christ Church, Barrow in Furness - Methodist New Connexion". GENUKI. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  3. ^ "Art Gene". Invest in Cumbria. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Barrow-in-Furness Town Hall Collection: Agnes "Nan" Tait". Dock Museum. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Barracudas". Barracudas. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Dare Dance". Dare Dance. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Our Offices - Barrow Nan Tait". Capita Symonds. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Barrow Borough Sports Council". Barrow Borough Sports Council. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  9. ^ "Registering Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships in Barrow-in-Furness". Barrow Borough Council. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

Coordinates: 54°06′55″N 3°13′47″W / 54.115408°N 3.229696°W / 54.115408; -3.229696