Walney Island is a narrow (1 mile) elongated island (11 miles) to the west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria with population of around 11,000 people. It is linked to the mainland by a bridge. As Barrow-in-Furness grew as a major industrial centre in the 19th century with shipbuilding and steel-making being important industries, Walney inevitably became a settlement. Of major interest is the planned town of Vickerstown (1898) built by the firm Vickers, with later expansion prior the Second World War. Post war, there was considerable development in the centre of the island where the bulk of the population now live. Walney is also famous for its gull colony in the south of the Island where pioneering research was carried out into the herring gull.
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