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Steamer Street Tenements

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barrow Island, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.1036 / 54°6'13"N

Longitude: -3.2299 / 3°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 319676

OS Northings: 468226

OS Grid: SD196682

Mapcode National: GBR 5NWZ.JQ

Mapcode Global: WH72P.C35X

Plus Code: 9C6R4Q3C+F2

Entry Name: Steamer Street Tenements

Listing Date: 20 December 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1282852

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388606

Location: Barrow Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14

County: Cumbria

District: Barrow-in-Furness

Electoral Ward/Division: Barrow Island

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Barrow-in-Furness

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Barrow-in-Furness St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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SD1968 STEAMER STREET, Barrow Island
708-1/13/140 (North side)
Nos.1-13 (Consecutive) Steamer
Street Tenements


Tenement block facing Island Road. 1881-84. By Paley and
Austin of Lancaster (plan). Main contractors Smith and Caird
of Dundee (Trescatheric). Red brick with graduated slate
4 storeys, 3:23:3 bays; symmetrical. Slightly recessed centre
has alternate paired and single windows and a group of single
windows in middle; 4/2-pane sashes. Chamfered plinth. Centre:
ground-floor windows have flush sills and triple-header
segmental arches; 1st-floor windows with projecting sills.
Dichromatic band below 2nd floor; from it rise a total of 6
pilaster strips; windows interrupt a moulded string course.
String course and terracotta corbel table to cast-iron ogee
gutter. 3rd floor treated as an attic storey with hipped-roof
dormers within a mansard roof; plain ridge stacks on the party
End pavilions rise 4 full storeys, the upper floors set higher
than the central block. Each has round-arched opening to
central staircase; tripartite landing openings with iron
balustrades and corbelled segmental arches. Paired windows to
each side except the outer bay on ground floor which has shop
window with segmental arch and dripmould; 2nd-floor windows
cut a moulded string course; dichromatic band below 3rd-floor
windows. Eaves as centre block but broken by canopy formed by
catslide roof on 4 curved brackets; hipped roof with corbelled
end stack.
Rear (facing Steamer Street): 4 full storeys throughout. 11
staircases each with half-landing balconies and iron railings
under round arch. Utility wings with casements in formerly
unglazed openings; hipped roofs. Pavilion returns each have
shop door flanked by segmentally-arched shop windows under
linked hoodmoulds.
Part of outstanding tenement block development built to house
workers of the Barrow Iron Shipbuilding Co. One of 2 identical
blocks that flank a group of 4 simpler ranges set to rear of
the sandstone Devonshire Buildings, Michaelson Road (qv) (see
also Barque Street, Brig Street, Schooner Street, Ship Street
and Sloop Street). Well-preserved example of a building type
rare in England.
(Building Plans Register: 1881-: 1435).

Listing NGR: SD1967668226

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