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Hello and welcome to Barrowby Until Now

This web site is a work-in-progress intended to share insights into the archaeology and history of Barrowby in Lincolnshire and a few of the nearby villages (some of which are in Leicestershire or Nottinghamshire). It is is very much a personal project and reflects my enthusiasms – and also my indifferences! Historians would write more about the history. Archaeologists would include more about the archaeology.

What have I added to the 'mix'? A little about geology and quarrying. And rather more about Anglo-Saxon England as – by using place-names, maps and fieldwork – I attempt to reveal how settlements evolved according to their specific topology and ecology. Maps and topography can often reveal most about a place's past when – as with a great many villages – written records are poor and archaeological finds are too few to tell a story.

There is much more to Barrowby than the modern settlement as within the parish are the minor settlements of Casthorpe and Stenwith. Between 1198 and 1536 there was a small monastic site, known as Newbo Abbey, which was in Barrowby parish but sited immediately to the east of the village of Sedgebrook. I have included Casthorpe, Stenwith and Newbo in this website and also ventured over the boundary into Sedgebrook when necessary (without attempting to include a comprehensive history of Sedgebrook).

What has surprised me most, so far, is that for its size Barrowby has a surprising number of historic buildings. The survival of so many well-built cottages and high-status 'villas' is a clear indication of greater-than-usual wealth in recent centuries.

My stay in Barrowby was much shorter than expected. In May 2022 I 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.

How to navigate this site

The column down the right-hand side of every page lists all the articles. Just sometimes a new link is only on this 'home page' and not all the other pages – the glitch gets sorted eventually! Click on the photo of the parish sign in the top left-hand corner of every page to jump back to this page.

Alternatively use the Google search option at the top left of every page to search for keywords of interest to you.

Feeedback is most welcome

I have been researching, writing and publishing local history since the mid-1980s. However I only lived in Barrowby for just over a year, starting in the spring of 2021. If you think I've got something wrong – or can add additional information or photographs – then please email me:– bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk.

Also email me if you would like me to let you know when new articles are added. 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.

Bob Trubshaw

The header photograph

The photograph at the top of most pages was taken standing at the Washdike Bridge, where the A52 crosses the Old Beck just to the south-east of Sedgebrook. Anyone using the A52 eastbound must notice Barrowby church sitting dramatically on the crest of the ridge. And, for anyone living in Barrowby, the thought 'Nearly home now!' presumably comes to mind. Which is indeed true, as the Old Beck marks the boundary between Sedgebrook and Barrowby parishes.

There's more about the putative history of the Old Beck at the Washdike Bridge in eleventh century water mills.

And this hill seems to be one of three which gave their name to the local wapentake:- 'Threo'. See Winnibriggs and Threo to find out why.

For the really nerdy ones among you, the photograph was taken at 12.50 BST on 24th August 2021. The crop in the foreground is maize.

Why 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'…

If you think I've got something wrong – or can add additional information or photographs – then please email me:– bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk.

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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