Author: Heritage

St Wilfrid’s Church – its secret past and hidden secrets

May 3, 2021

The Church of St Wilfrid in Barrow dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and has been a place of worship and community for over a thousand years.  Dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon Saint St. Wilfrid and gifted to the medieval Knights Hospitallers in 1165, our church building has changed little over time but it is full of […]

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The Barrow Effigy

February 26, 2021

St Wilfrid’s Church has some strange mysteries.  One of these is an alabaster effigy set in the south wall of the church.  This effigy was hidden behind the organ for 110 years and until 2006 many members of the congregation didn’t know he existed.  It is true that he was a little dirty and that […]

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Barrow – the River Trent and the Knights Hospitallers

February 23, 2021

The River Trent has been of great importance to the development of the village of Barrow. When the Knights Hospitallers were offered the Church in Barrow in 1165 by Robert de Bakepuiz, they must have found the site in Barrow most attractive. Built in a small village on the flood plane of a river, there […]

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Norman Knights – Hospitallers journey to Barrow upon Trent

February 16, 2021

Norman Knights – Hospitallers journey from Jerusalem to Barrow upon Trent In 1165 the Church of St Wilfrid was given to the Knights Hospitallers by Robert de Bakepuiz.  In 1288 his descendent, John confirmed the grant of the rectory and grants of land. The Bakepuiz ownership of the land was a direct result of the […]

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What did St Wilfrid’s church look like originally ?

February 9, 2021

Might it have looked like this? Or maybe it looked like this?                                                                                        […]

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When was St Wilfrid’s church built ?

February 2, 2021

When was St Wilfrid’s Church built? Could it be Anglo-Saxon? We don’t know just how old the church in Barrow is.  There are however, some suggestions that it might be up to 1200 years old.  Not all of it – most of the building came later; but there are Stones in the south- east corner […]

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