The photograph is of Borwick Rails Harbour, Millom
on the estuary of the Duddon River, Cumbria.
To look at the image it is hard to believe that the
point that I am taking the shot from was part of a
wharf of a busy Iron Works in 1866. Just a quarter
of a mile down river was the main port for Millom.
Prior to 1866 Millom was a small fishing village and
one of my ancestors, Thomas Massicks was responsible for turning it into a thriving industrial
town with all the drawbacks of other Victorian towns
of that time – inadequate sanitary facilities etc.
Thomas started the Millom Iron Works here due to
the locality being close to the Holborn Hill mines and the other mines of Cumbria.
In later life Thomas changed his name to Thomas
Barlow-Massicks due to a stipulation by his mother stating that if his son also named Thomas wished to inherit her property at Torver he had to include the Barlow name with his name.
The house of Thomas over looks this view,it can be seen here