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May 2024

Nothing major that's new. I've fixed broken links to both the Charnwood slates and ironstone quarries videos (because I've created updated versions). I've also added a link to the very informative web site created by the very dynamic Harlaxton History Society.

Stuart Evans has published a useful overview of the prehistory around Harlaxton:- A ritual landscape.


March 2023

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.


February 2023

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.


January 2023

I've created a YouTube video about the Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake meeting places.


July 2022

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.


June 2022

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.


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.

Harlaxton History Society

Bottesford History Group

Grantham Civic Society

Grantham Museum

Heritage Lincolnshire