SOME of the rare surviving architecture and relics of an iron mining industry which transformed the fortunes of Victorian Furness can be seen in a photographic exhibition.

Dalton photographer Sharon Tait has taken a series of close-up images of relics at the former Change House at Rita Pit, one of a series of abandoned iron ore workings at Roanhead, Barrow.

Her framed colour pictures in the Travels With My Camera exhibition can be seen on the first floor of Kendal Leisure Centre and are available to buy as prints.

The Change House was used by miners changing clothes before and after working in mines.

Work in iron ore mines turned clothes and skin red.

The search for iron ore at Roanhead started in 1852 and production ended in 1942.

The exhibition notes: “After the mines closed, the Change House was used by the Ministry of Supply for storing agricultural vehicles and general supplies during the Second World War until the building was unfit for purpose.

“The building has remained derelict ever since.”

Other former pits at Roanhead included Kathleen, Ethel, Peggy, Violet and Betty.

The photographer noted: “I moved to Dalton in 2012 and have spent much of this time exploring the Furness Peninsula.

“I have photographed old mills, tenement buildings in Barrow, soon to be relocated allotments, working quarries and photographing part of the Cumbrian Coastal Way.”