Crossfields of Arnside are one of most significant builders represented on the OGA Boat Register. Arnside is located in Cumbria at the top of Morecambe Bay on the Kent Estuary, NW England. Historically the estuary was the port for Kendal. Unusually for the English North West Coast, the area is wooded providing abundant source material for boatbuilding.
Crossfields were active from the 1840s to 1950s. Their heyday was the period leading up to the First World War from the 1890s. They were the leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners (or Lancashire Nobbies) serving an area from the North Wales coast to Southern Scotland. They built working boats as well as yachts and replicas have been produced from their lifeboat the 'Sir William Priestley'.
Many of their boats are still sailing, from the west coast of America to the Adriatic and of course around the coasts of the UK. If you can help to gather more infomation, please log [at] oga [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Crossfield%20of%20Arnside) (contact the Editor) or log in and post a comment . . .