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David Barraclough, 'Doncaster Division', in Geoff and Ian Body, False Starts, Near Misses and Dangerous Goods, The History Press, 2017.

Kenneth Cameron, A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names, English Place-Name Society, 1998.

L.R. Cryer, A History of Barrowby, Casthorpe and Stenwith, published by author 1979.

Roger J. P. Kain, John Chapman and Richard R. Oliver, The Enclosure Maps of England and Wales 15951918: A Cartographic Analysis and Electronic Catalogue, Cambridge UP 2004. Extracts online at Google Books

Carole King 'The rise and decline of village reading rooms', Rural History, Vol 20, Issue 2, 2009; published online by Cambridge University Press.

Mark McKerracher, Farming Transformed in Anglo-Saxon England: Agriculture in the long eighth century, Windgather 2018.

Max Wade Matthews, Sepulchral Effigies in Leicestershire and Rutland (CD-ROM), Heart of Albion 2002.

Gordon Noble, 'Monumental journeys: Neolithic monument complexes and routeways across Scotland', in V. Cummings and R. Johnston (eds), Prehistoric Journeys, Oxbow Books 2007.

Ivor J. Perry, Bringing Them Home: The story of the lost sons of Wymeswold, Wolds Historical Organisation 2014.

Philip Rahtz and Donald Bullough, 'The parts of an Anglo-Saxon mill', Anglo-Saxon England Vol. 6 (1977), p15–37.

David Ramsey, Newtown Linford Notes and the Leicestershire Slate Industry, Bradgate Books 2002.

John Smith and John Manterfield, Barrowby: A guide to the archaeology of the parish, King's School Archaeological Society, 1973.

J.D.A. Thompson, Inventory of British Coin Hoards 600–1500, Royal Numismatic Society, 1956.

Eric Tonks, The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands: History, Operation and Railways Part VIII: South Lincolnshire, Runpast 1991.

Eric Tonks, The Ironstone Quarries of the Midlands: History, Operation and Railways Part IX: Leicestershire, Runpast 1992.

Bob Trubshaw, How to Write and Publish Local and Family History Successfully, Heart of Albion 2005; available as a free PDF.

Bob Trubshaw, Sacred Places: Prehistory and popular imagination, Heart of Albion 2005; available as a free PDF.

Bob Trubshaw, 'Charnwood slates in Northamptonshire', Hindsight No.17 (2011).

Bob Trubshaw, 'Ruminations from Elsewhere Part 6: The queens of the valleys', Northern Earth No.153 (2018) p9–11.

Tom Williamson, Shaping medieval landscapes: settlement, society, environment, Windgather 2003.

John Harold Worley, Asfordby 1909–1922: Memories of a Leicestershire village, Heart of Albion 1993.


Web sites

National Heritage List for England and the Lincolnshire Heritage Environment Record

Wikipedia entry for Barrowby

Wikipedia entry for All Saint's Barrowby (contains several errors)

Wikipedia entry for the Grantham canal

Grantham Canal Society

British Geological Survey's online maps

Domesday Book

Rural unrest in the 1830s

A very nerdy footnote

Although I have based many of these web pages on the researches of L.R. Cryer, I have not been able to disccover any biographical information about him. Not even his first names.

All I've been able to establish is that he wrote three other books or booklets:

  • A History of Rochford 1978
  • A History of Caythorpe with Frieston 1995
  • A History of Skillington 1998
Rochford is in Essex. Caythorpe, Skillington and – of course – Barrowby are all in Lincolnshire.

I suspect that he moved from Essex to Barrowby in the 1970s, then to Caythorpe, and afterwards to Skillington. But alternative scenarios are possible.

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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