SD1966 : The Queen's Arms, Biggar

taken 4 years ago, near to Biggar, Cumbria, Great Britain

The Queen's Arms, Biggar
The Queen's Arms, Biggar
Biggar, despite its name, is a very small village on Walney Island. It has this splendid old-fashioned and very welcoming pub called the Queen's Arms which is a Free House selling several real ales in a very cosy atmosphere. Dating originally from the C17th it is Grade II listed LinkExternal link one of nine listed properties in the village.
Cf. Colin Kinnear's almost identical photo taken four years earlier SD1966 : Another One Bites the Dust when he was bemoaning its sad closure. So I'm very pleased to report that it is now open again and flourishing - see its website here LinkExternal link
Walney Island
Walney Island is a long, comparatively narrow island across a narrow channel (The Walney Channel) from the southwestern end of the Furness Peninsula. It acts as a huge natural breakwater for that peninsula and for the town of Barrow in Furness in particular. It is attached to Barrow and the mainland by a swing bridge from Vickerstown, effectively a suburb of Barrow, which straddles the central section of the island.
Walney is about 11 miles (18km) long curling eastwards at its southern end; it is however only about a mile wide at its widest point, and for much of its length far narrower than this. It has an area of roughly 5 sq.miles (13 kmē) making it the eighth largest offshore island of England; its population of 10,651 (2011 Census) makes it the sixth most populous however.
The central chunk of the island is built up with the estates of Vickerstown, but most of the rest of the island especially to the south is rural, unspoilt salt flats with an insteresting and convoluted coast. There is an airfield at the north of the island near the settlement of North Scales. The only other village on the island is Biggar, on the road southwards, which has a fine public house, The Queen's Arms.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 19 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 21 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Village, Rural settlement  Business, Retail, Services 
Island (from Tags)
Place (from Tags)
Biggar (Cumbria) 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 1913 6614 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:5.0878N 3:14.2634W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 1912 6612
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Cumbria  Public House 

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