THE FERRY HOTEL - Walney Island
The Promenade, Walney-Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 3PE, Tel: (01229) 471352.
See also: Vickerstown
Mr. W. White opened the doors to the Ferry Hotel for the first time in 1868, which he then attempted to sell on during the July of 1876 drawn solely for his desire to retire. The Ferry was put to sale by auction, failing to reach it's reserve price of £4900. It next came up for sale in 1890 and was bought outright by the Walney & Barrow Island Public House Trust Company who in turn released the property / business to Thompson's Brewery in 1920.
The Ferry Hotel is constructed at a point just forward of where Walney plague victims where buried in a mass grave during c1631, although it must be said that this 'story' may well be found to be untrue and more a local tale than a 'truth'?
The Ferry Hotel didn't start life as you see in the picture, more so it was a terrace of separate buildings, the 'higher' portion on the right was originally 'Oakhead' the office of the 'Isle of Walney Estates Company'. Previous to being incorporated into the Ferry Hotel it was the home of the late Aussie Wood, who many 'older' Walney inhabitants will remember as the holder of an 'auction room' within Barrow.
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