Exploring the History of

The History of Kirkby Group was formed in 2000 and exists to research and publish information, articles and books about the history of the village of Kirkby in Furness, otherwise Kirkby Ireleth, which goes back at least to Saxon times.
1577 map of Kirkby by Christopher Saxton
1577 Christopher Saxton
1577 map of Kirkby by Christopher Saxton
1577 Christopher Saxton
1752 map of Kirkby in Furness by Emanuel Bowen
1752 Emanuel Bowen

Join Us

The History of Kirkby Group meet on the 3rd Monday of every month (except August and December) in the Kirkby Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. The content of these meetings being advertised in the parish magazine the ‘Kirkby Caller’, and in the Kirkby-in-Furness Villagers facebook group.


We have a number of publications available for purchase and download.

View of St Cuthbert’s Church Kirkby in Furness, from the new Graveyard

Picture Gallery

Look at some of the historic images of Kirkby. If you have any contributions for our Picture Gallery please get in touch.

The Fallen of Kirkby

The war memorial in St Cuthbert’s churchyard, Kirkby-in-Furness, carries the names of 30 men of the village who died for their country – 23 in the First World War and 7 in the Second.

Kirkby war memorial was unveiled by the Mayor of Barrow, Colonel Wadham, accompanied by the Mayoress and by Miss Wadham, on Easter Sunday, 1920.

The History of Kirkby Group have researched and memorialised the fallen in memory of these men, and other men with connections to Kirkby who died in war but are not named on our memorial.

Kirkby in Furness War Memorial in St Cuthbert's Church graveyard
Information panel memorialising the Fallen on the Kirkby in Furness War Memorial

Current Research

Please have a look at the projects the History of Kirkby Group are currently working on. If you have any information that would help any projects please get in touch with editor@history-of-kirkby.org

For all enquiries please contact the webmaster 

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