4. Village


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The village is south of Derby, and between the River Trent (to the south) and the Trent and Mersey Canal (to the north). According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 546.

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The overall shape of the village has remained virtually unchanged over the past three hundred years although infilling of open space has occurred and a bypass has been built which takes all through traffic north of the village




South Derbyshire District Council have produced a leaflet on the Barrow on Trent Conservation Area

You can read it by following this LINK

The Parish itself has seen significant changes in each of the last four centuries

The eighteenth century saw the Trent and Mersey canal carve it way across the Parish, followed in the nineteenth century by the Birmingham Branch of the Midland Railway.

The twentieth century saw a trunk road – the A50 follow much the same line as both the canal and railway whilst in the twenty-first century the northern area of the parish ( north of all the transport links ) is threatened with a major housing development of 2000 new homes – a move not welcomed by the existing residents in the Parish

Until the end of the Second World War, Barrow upon Trent was a small rural parish, comprising several small farms with attached cottages, and small family business buildings, such as bakery, butcher, blacksmith, etc. The type of housing ranged from small crook cottages dating back to mediaeval times, through to several large properties including Arleston House, The Hill, The Hall, The Grange, The Manor House, St Wilfrid’s House,

Images of rural life in Barrow on Trent in the 19th and early 20th Centuries

The Cottage and their attendant lodges and cottages that housed the people who worked in support of these properties. The appearance of the parish changed very little over the centuries until the mid 20th century when land was sold off and housing developments and new individual properties were built



the-rowIn the centre of the village are ten cottages, described as “The Row”. These 18 century properties belong to the parish, not as a housing authority, nor as alms houses, but uniquely to Barrow as private property. On behalf of the parish, the Parish Council acts as a private landlord and the rental income from these properties is used to maintain and upgrade the cottages with any surplus income being available for the benefit of the parish. The Parish Council maintains a housing list of prospective tenants. The cottages are available for the use of parishioners and very close family members.

In 1949, the Methodist Minister’s Housing Association built five two-story blocks comprising twenty maisonettes, for housing retired Methodist Ministers, in the grounds of the Manor House, Church Lane. From the 1970s onwards these were sold off, and are now all in private hands

Since the 1950s, due to the popularity of this attractive village and river valley, the housing stock has increased to include several district council houses, some of which are now in private hands, several small housing developments and individual properties. There have been several barn developments in the outlying hamlets of Arleston and Merrybower, but because these are classified as not ‘sustainable’ communities, as defined by the South Derbyshire Strategic Development Plan, it is unlikely that there will be further development of modern housing in this area

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