The building was erected in 1875.  A striking example of Victorian gothic revival, it is located on one of the most central roads in Barrow, Abbey Road, that provides a scenic gateway into the town. It has had a varied existence – as a school, a furniture store, organ seller, nightclub and most recently following a £2 million renovation, as a creative media centre, opened in December 2012.

Known locally as ‘The Cooke’s Building’ (due to its renown as a high class department store through the first half of the 20th Century owned by H Cooke and Sons), at the time the project started it was a leaky and ramshackle shadow of its former self, having been closed for many years.



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