Saturday, March 24

Giant Steel Book

Barrow's giant steel book which has been erected as a monument to the long gone local steel industry, certainly looks more impressive at night.
But with the cost being estimated at something in the region of £300.000, it's little wonder that the lights to Barrows older statues are switched off and they are left in the dark, along with a lot of of our towns streets.Let's face it the biggest most outstanding monument to steel working in Barrow is the huge slag bank which dominates a lot of the views of our town. As one of the former biggest producers of steel in the world ,I guess it's only fitting that we are left with what some say is the biggest slag bank in Europe.

4 comments:

Paradise Driver said...

Every time I see a slag bank, I flash back to that tragedy in Wales.

Bob said...

Wil: Yes the Abervan disaster 1966 144 killed, with 116 of them being children, when wet coal slurry buried a small Welsh school.

Anonymous said...

Whereabouts has this Steel Book monument been erected and what does it contain ?

Bob said...

anon: the steel book is on the corner of Cavendish St and Duke St in Barrow, and contains the milestone dates in the development of the steel industry in Barrow, example;1866 the first Bessemer furnace in the world invented in Barrow.