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May 2022

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 bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk.

For example I've added an update to the Winnibrigg and Threo page using information kindly sent to me by Mike Deakin.


March 2022

I've added some thoughts about the Parish Well.

And also some thoughts about the enigmatic parish boundary earthwork.


February 2022

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.


January 2022

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'…


December 2021

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.


November 2021

It's all new…




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what's new?

Articles about Barrowby

Barrowby's location and geology

summary of prehistoric Barrowby

summary of Roman Barrowby



Seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Nineteenth century

nineteenth and twentieth century population

Twentieth century

guided walks in and around Barrowby

there's more could be said...


index of surnames in Cryer 1979

Articles and web links for nearby places

rare seventeenth fonts at Muston, Bottesford and Orston from Project Gargoyle Newsletter 2020

Ironstone quarries of Leicestershire
YouTube video

Wyville's wells

Harston's Anglo-Saxon carvings

Bottesford's effigies

Grantham Canal Society

The Grantham Canal
All you need to know – and more – from Wikipedia

Croxton Kerrial manor house excavations
photos and brief details from Leicester Mercury.
By 2021 the remains had been consolidated and there are annual open days.

Grantham Archaeology Group

Bottesford History Group

Grantham Civic Society

Grantham Museum

Heritage Lincolnshire