Holy Trinity Church is the home of the Barrow-upon-Humber Ringing Centre, a nationally recognised centre of excellence in the teaching of the historic heritage art of English Change Ringing. A number of historic records and archives relating to the village and its bells and ringing around the area are lodged in the North East LIncolnshire Council Archives at Grimsby. They have their own Informational website, but the archived ringers material contains a lot of information about village residents connected with the church and community. Thank you, Rt. Rev. Barry PEACHEY.
Barrow on Humber sits, naturally enough, on the banks of the Humber River in the far north of Lincolnshire. It sits 3 miles east of Barton. New Holland is a hamlet in the parish, once a common point for ferryboat travel across or along the Humber River. The parish covers just over 5,000 acres.
The village of Barrow on Humber sits about 2 miles south of the Humber River. A stream, called Leden Beck, flows from the village north to the Humber. Many buildings in the centre of the village date from the 18th and 19th centuries. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A1077 trunk road east out of Barton-on-Humber.
David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in Septembert, 2006. The webpage author suggests that you stop in and ask for a schedule of current events. The Hall can be rented for family reunions.
Barrow-upon-Humber Castle is the remains of an enormous earthwork motte and bailey, built in the Norman style. The site is just north of the village and visible from West Hann Lane, with car parking by the side of the road. See the Barrow-upon-Humber Castle web site for more details.
The first ferry between New Holland & Hull was started in 1803 by a Tommy DENT. He built a shed and a cottage by the mouth of a creek.
Between 1820 & 1826, a Joseph BROWN of Barton, formed a company "The New Holland Proprietors" and bought land in the Oxmarsh area of the town (there still is an Oxmarsh Lane in the town) and started a ferry service near the creek. In 1826, they built an inn called the Yarborough Arms close to the creek, on the Barrow Road.
In 1832, a steam packet called the "Magna Charta" was introduced as the ferry across the River Humber. The Stamford Mercury reported the news on 17 August, 1832.
David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Magna Charta Pub in New Holland on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005. At last report in 2010, this Inn was closed.
The Great Grimsby & Sheffield Junction promoters bought the New Holland Ferry for 10,000 in 1845. They formed the Humber Ferries Company and added a second steam packet called "The Falcon". New Holland was chosen by them as the terminus of a branch line from their main line between Grimsby & Gainsborough. In 1846, this company amalgamated with others to form the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway or M,S,& L(nicknamed the Mucky, Slow and Late) In 1848 this company built the line from Louth to Grimsby and then New Holland. The company also bought two new ferry boats and named them "Queen" & "Prince of Wales" A new inn, the "Yarborough Arms" was opened in April 1848, to replace the old one demolished during the construction of the railway. The new branch line was opened on 1st March 1848 and a train ran from Louth to New Holland.
The railway came to town about 1848, when New Holland Square was built. It was later named Railway Square (1861) and then Manchester Square after the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway which served the town.
David WRIGHT has a photograph of the old Market Cross on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2003.
The Barrow Fair used to be held every October 11th.
James HARRISON: Born in 1704 James was eleven years his brother's junior and controversy surrounded his role in the construction of the first two chronometers H1 and H2. However, it is likely that James worked on both H1 and H2. As carpenters the church records show that the Harrison's made coffins and also worked on the repair and construction of bell frames and church furniture. Amongst the earliest record of James' work is the sundial, which he made for Holy Trinity Church Barrow in 1732 and which bears his signature. In 1733 James made the bell frame for York Minster. The frame, which housed a peal of twelve bells, was a major commission and in fact was the largest frame he ever built. The timing of this commission indicates that during the construction of the first sea clock the brothers carried out other works in order to supplement the financial support of the Board of Longitude. James lived in a water mill at Market Rasen from approximately 1753 onwards but he retained an interest in Barrow and following his death in 1766 James was returned to Barrow upon Humber for burial in the village of his birth.