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Welcome to the Barrow upon Humber website.  The site is in its infancy but we hope that it will gradually grow and be another useful source of information both for the villagers and visitors – whether virtual or real.

Barrow is a large settlement of nearly 3000 inhabitants (according to the 2001 census). This includes the hamlet of Barrow Haven, a mile or so down the road on the banks of the Humber. Also on the Humber towards the east, you will find the village of New Holland with a population of about 1,000.

Barrow is fortunate in retaining a number of shops and other facilities. Around or near the Market Place you’ll find a newsagent, a general store (including a pharmacy), the Post Office, a butcher, hairdresser, a Chinese take-away and a fish and chip shop, two pubs and a car repair garage. That’s a small number compared to the shops of twenty or thirty years ago but still enough to make Barrow a vibrant place to live. In addition, there are dozens of small businesses carried in the area, most of which advertise in the ‘Missing Link’, our quarterly magazine.

On this site you’ll find more information about the village as it is now and something about its long and fascinating history.


The main event of the Better Barrow summer will once again be the Wheelbarrow weekend on June 7th and 8th (hopefully with another cake stall).  As before, please choose your own theme for your barrow and perhaps also consider opening your garden for one or both days.  Entry forms will be available shortly.

We are also well into the planning stage of The Longitude Project in July which involves celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act, during which we will be helped by pupils of John Harrison School.

Recently, John Harrison appears to be attracting far more national attention – there is undoubtedly a groundswell of interest in the man and his maritime achievements, which can only be good for Barrow and the surrounding area.  To read more about the Longitude problems and John Harrison’s contributions, visit the Royal Museums site at

Many of you will have heard of the campaign by the John Harrison Foundation to re-name Humberside Airport in his honour – if you would like to support this proposal you can do so at

We also hope to take advantage of Hull’s City of Culture award and are currently looking at ways to link in to this.

Please keep a look out for notices of events around the village.  If you would like to be included on Better Barrow’s e-mailing list for updates, send a message to Trevor Millum on   Better Barrow also has a website or you can follow us on our Facebook page.

****HLF  grant for longitude project**** added 31/3/14