ProjectsA brief summary of ongoing and completed projects
Information Boards (ongoing)
Three new information boards are in the process of being designed. They will give an introduction to Barrow’s fascinating history and, together with the Village Trail, help residents and visitors to understand more about our village. One will be situated in the Market Place on the back of the bus shelter and another next to the Vicar’s Room. A third board will be sited at Barrow Haven. Each will also carry a QR code, enabling people to quickly access more detailed information on the Barrow-upon-Humber website.
The Market Cross (ongoing)
The stump of a medieval cross is a well-known landmark in Barrow and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has suffered some unsympathetic repairs in the past and is in need of some TLC. In collaboration with North Lincolnshire Council and English Heritage, we wish to see the monument repaired with more appropriate materials. The photograph shows the cross in the late 19th century. The ironwork on the top is a gas lamp, part of a Victorian ‘improvement’.
Seats in the Market Place (ongoing)
We have been fortunate in being awarded a grant from SSE’s Sustainable Development Fund to enable new seating to be installed in the Market Place. There will be a large tree seat encircling the large robinia tree and a small half-circle seat by one of the rowans. The two old straight benches will be replaced by new ones in a matching style. All are made from FSC Certified Very Durable Hardwood and carry motifs and wording celebrating the life and work of John Harrison.
At the same time, improvements were made to the adjoining paving with the replacement of unsightly tarmac with appropriate materials.
We hope that the continuing improvement of the Market Place, including the planting by Barrow-in-Bloom and the maintenanance of the area (and other beds elsewhere in the village) by Barrow’s ‘lengthswoman’ Maddie Gouldie, who is employed by the Parish Council, will encourage people to use the space both informally and for particular events.
The John Harrison Prize (continuing)
This Prize, established by Better Barrow, allows two pupils from the Primary School (plus two adults) to travel to Greenwich. There they are given free entry to the Royal Observatory, which houses the famous John Harrison clocks and watches. Previously sponsored by Hull Trains, the prize is now assisted by East Midlands Trains.
Barrow Village Trail (completed)
In collaboration with North Lincolnshire Tourism, we have created a Village Trail leaflet, which will guide people around the historic centre of Barrow. It will be linked to more detailed information on the Barrow-upon-Humber website. Copies are available at the Tourism Information Centres in Barton (Waters Edge) and Brigg as well as at Barrow News and Harrison’s Past and Present and may be uploaded from here.
Better Barrow Community Project was set up following the removal of trees from the Market Place so one of our key aims was to restore trees to this community space. In 2016 we achieved this with the planting of two rowans and two ornamental (non-fruiting) pears. The latter were sited in hard landscape and necessitated significant excavation in order to include special cages which would allow the roots to spread and access water and nourishment.
A line of flowering cherry trees now grace the grass areas opposite the church and already look beautiful in spring.
Two unusual Indian horse chestnut trees, donated by Giles Dixon, have been planted in land adjoining Palmer Lane and, at the junction of New Holland and Goxhill Roads, you will see the ‘Tranby Oaks’. Settlers from the Humber area set off to Western Australia in 1829 in sailing ship ‘The Tranby’. They had with them some acorns from local oaks. One of these grew into a huge oak at the Swan River settlement. Acorns from that tree have now produced the young trees growing there.
All of the above work has been made possible by the support of North Lincolnshire Council.
The Longitude Project (completed)
2014 was the three-hundredth anniversary of the Act of Longitude which inspired John Harrison in his quest to find a way to solve the ‘longitude problem’ using a timepiece of hitherto unheard-of accuracy. A grant from Heritage Lottery enabled Better Barrow to run a project with John Harrison School. The outcomes from the project included a new professionally produced Harrison display in the church, a booklet and DVD, a play devised and performed by the pupils and it culminated in a procession down the High Street by children and teachers together with costumes and puppets and a performance in the Market Place.