Holbeck Community Centre, Barrow-in-Furness (Desk-Based Assessment)

Holbeck Community Centre, Holbeck Park Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment

Prior to the proposed redevelopment of a former community centre building adjacent to the Crofters public house on Holbeck Park Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria the local planning authority requested an archaeological desk-based assessment of the site. The building lies in an area with a number of known sites of archaeological interest, ranging in date from the Neolithic to the 19th century. The building also forms part of a group of buildings making up the former Holbeck Farm, elements of which, including the building itself, are Grade II Listed. Holbeck Farm is thought to have at least 18th century origins and the buildings that formed part of it which now remain were clearly all in existence before the middle of the 19th century.

While there is clearly some potential for archaeological remains to be present within the wider area as the proposals comprise the redevelopment of a single building there is unlikely to be any impact on these or any previously unknown remains of archaeological interest. However, there will clearly be an impact on historic fabric of the Grade II Listed structure, and it is therefore recommended that the building be subject to archaeological recording before any building work takes place.

The full report will be made available on the Archaeology Data Service website.