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Medieval BarrowbyDuring the medieval era Barrowby was in many respects a typical English farming village. Probably a little more wealthy than many. And some of that wealth was 'invested' in the parish church. Most of the visible parts of All Saints church date from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, or from extensive restorations in 1852 and 1870. The architectural designs span Early English and Perpendicular Gothic styles. For more details see All Saints, Barrowby.
The owners of one of the 'posh houses' in Barrowby, now known as Barrowby Old Hall, created a moat once they became fashionable in the twelfth century. Much of it still existed in the late nineteenth century. Other moats survive at Stenwith and Sedgebrook. For more details see moated sites.
The daughter settlements of East and West Casthorpe were never very substantial. During the fourteenth century they both shrunk to single farmsteads. For more details see the decline of Casthorpe.
The main exception to Barrowby being a typical settlement was that between 1198 and 1536 a small monastic site was within the parish boundaries. But as it was situated immediately to the east of the village of Sedgebrook then the influence on Barrowby itself may have been minimal. In all probability the village of Sedgebrook developed during this time as homes for the lay community supporting the small number of canons. For more details see Newbo Abbey.
The long-distance north-south route known as either Sewstern Lane or The Drift passes through the western part of Barrowby parish. Most of this still exists as footpaths or bridleways. For more details see Sewstern Lane or The Drift.
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