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When the Charnwood slates web page was first uploaded I suggested that the profits from selling slate in Grantham might have been used to buy pig iron or even worked iron artefacts to sell in Boston and Kings Lynn.
I was invited by the Grantham Family History Society to talk about this topic this month. In the audience was John Manterfield, a noted local historian for the Grantham area. He corrected my suggestion of iron being transported from Grantham to the east coast. Instead he strongly suspects that what was being bought in Grantham and needed in places further east was malt for brewing beer.
Grateful thanks to John for his suggestion about malt. The Charnwood slates web page has been updated accordingly.
I've uploaded a video about Barrowby, Sedgebrook, Allington, Syston, Barkston, Wilsford, Sapperton, Ingoldsby, Bassingthorpe and Burton Coggles, specifically looking at the relationship between Church and Manor around the eleventh century.
I've created a YouTube video about the Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake meeting places.
Thanks to Mr and Mrs Lambley I now have lots more information about the Three Queens Inn. So I've created a separate web page.
I've created a 35 minute YouTube video about Charnwood slate gravestones and eighteenth century trade routes along the Salter's Way and through Grantham.
I've read and partly digested Alexis Tudor Skinner's PhD thesis on hundred and wapentake meeting sites in Yorkshire (thanks to Mike Deakin for bringing this to my attention). As a result there's brief updates to the Winnibrigg and Threo and Kesteven pages.
Matt Pennifold emailed to say I'd got the route of the Salt Way east of Croxton Kerrial wrong. This has resulted in changes to both the Charnwood slates and Sewstern Lane pages. It makes the site of the Three Queens Inn even more intriguing! Thanks Matt.
My stay in Barrowby was much shorter than expected. I've now moved to Orston, ten miles to the west. However Barrowby's past continues to intrigue me and I hope to add more insights and photographs.
I am still researching the ironstone quarries, although mostly around Harston and Woolsthorpe rather than in parishes immediately adjoining Barrowby.
Even though I've moved I'm still entirely happy to add other folks' research to this site – just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For example I've added an update to the Winnibrigg and Threo page using information kindly sent to me by Mike Deakin.
I've added some thoughts about the Parish Well.
And also some thoughts about the enigmatic parish boundary earthwork.
A two-hour conversation with Nigel Jones resulted in my understanding of Barrowby in the prehistoric and Roman periods being significantly revised. See summary of prehistoric Barrowby and summary of Roman Barrowby (confusingly these are both on the same web page).
Nigel also inspired me to investigate the curious name of the administrative hundred: Winnibriggs and Threo. These insights led me to revise my earlier thoughts about the etymology of Steven(s) Gutter a.k.a. the village green.
Julia Miller kindly drew my attention to eight guided walks in and around Barrowby. These can be found as PDFs on the Parish Council website at barrowbyparishcouncil.org.uk/parish-walks
The two shorter walks focus on places of historic interest in Barrowby itself.
Barrowby Until Now
This website was intially launched without a name. Simply because I couldn't think of something appropriate. I'm not sure that 'Barrowby Until Now' is all that good and it may get changed.
'Barrowby Until Now' does neatly straddle all the sub-divisions of looking at the past – local history, archaeology, family history (not that there's much of that, at least yet), oral history (ditto), landscape history, landscape archaeology, place-name studies, geology and whatever else I've missed out. It also neatly avoids such ever-more muddied terms as 'heritage' and 'nostalgia'. Oh yes, and it makes the acronym BUN – making anyone who helps with this site a 'bunny'…
Google's search engine finally discovered the site so the 'search this site' function now works. Which means I can begin to promote its existence.
It's all new…
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Articles about BarrowbyBarrowby's location and geology
Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
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rare seventeenth fonts at Muston, Bottesford and Orston from Project Gargoyle Newsletter 2020
Ironstone quarries of Leicestershire
The Grantham Canal
Croxton Kerrial manor house excavations