Barlow, North Yorkshire
Old Methodist Chapel, Barlow
Barlow shown within North Yorkshire
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|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Barlow is an essentially rural village, situated about three miles from the town of Selby and from the motorway network. More recently the village could best be described as a dormitory village for commuters to Selby, York and Leeds.
The village's two nature reserves offer a network of paths and bridleways for woodland walks but neither allow horse riding.
Barlow has around 200 houses spread mainly along the main street; most of them date from the 1960s and later. There are no shops in the village, although there is a licensed social club.
The village was the site of an airship production factory in the early part of the 20th century and later a munitions depot. Much of the land on which both of these were sited now lies under the ash tip of the nearby Drax power station. In the 1980s Roger Byron-Collins company The Welbeck Estate purchased 20 former military houses that had been used by Army personnel.
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