Monday, September 20, 2021 Barrowby: there's more could be said...

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Once a saddlers, then – during the last fifty years – a village shop, a cafe known as The Cake Hole, and now a restaurant. But which years did the changes happen? Who were the owners or managers?

There's more could be said...

As stated in the opening words of the home page of this site 'This web site is very much a personal project and reflects my enthusiasms.' If you've read at least part of this web site then you will be aware those enthusiams are greatest around the seventh to eleventh century and peter off rapidly towards present times.

So there is a great deal more which could be said about Barrowby in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Indeed quite a lot more has been published, especially in the 1979 booklet by L.R. Cryer. I have attempted to include a mention of most of the topics he included, usually without going into all the details he researched.

Urgent oral history

Since 1979 the village has continued to evolve. And there is now an older generation of residents who can share details about the who, when and sometimes why of the last forty or more years. But those sort of interviews need to be done in the next few years before illness and fading memories take their inevitable toll. The interviewers need to have a reasonably good knowledge of the village to be able to ask follow up questions and generally convert an informal chat into something which deserves to be called 'oral history'.

I am too new to the village to be the right person to conduct these interviews, although I could help with the 'technology' of recording. But I have done some interviewing and transcribing (back in the late 1980s) and can offer advice – here's something I published back in 2005 – the relevant pages are 8 to 15 (page 27 onwards according to your PDF viewer's way of counting).

Contributions welcome!

Apart from interviews there is scope for anyone with the inclination to reread Cryer's 1979 booklet (if you need a PDF version then please email me:– and add about the 1980s onwards for any topics you know about – or know people who do.

Over the last thirty-or-so years I have edited and published numerous books and articles about history and archaeology (and a fair few other topics!) written by other people. And this is the third website I have created about local history and archaeology. (If you're curious the others are for the Wolds Historical Organisation and about the Avebury area of Wiltshire.)

I am happy to work with anyone who would like their research about Barrowby added to this site. Please email me to discuss, even if you're still in the early stages of researching or writing up.

In the meantime I'll be adding more about the Listed buildings and any new information I come across. Keep checking the What's new? page. Or email me to request updates. Please make clear you're interested in Barrowby as I also maintain several other email lists. Your email address will not be shared with anyone else.

If you think I've got something wrong – or can add additional information or photographs – then please email me:–

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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.

Harlaxton History Society

Bottesford History Group

Grantham Civic Society

Grantham Museum

Heritage Lincolnshire