Barlow, North Yorkshire
Old Methodist Chapel, Barlow
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Barlow is a small village and civil parish located in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies about 3 miles away from Selby and 13 away from the East Riding of Yorkshire town of Goole. Barlow has around 200 houses and a population of 753. Most of the homes are along the main road, however there are some lanes leading off to other courts of homes. Most of the services of the village were closed down during the 20th century, but their is a primary school and a licensed social club. There are 3 entrances to the village, 2 of which lead from the A1041 main road coming out of Selby. The other entrance, is a back lane leading off from the Selby bypass. The village's two nature reserves offer a network of paths and bridleways for woodland walks but neither allow horse riding.
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 is mainly quiet, and most of the people who wish to live here come because of that reason. Traffic is also mild, as not many people choose to drive through the village unless visiting someone or working there. Barlow also does not lead anywhere along its main road, at the very end of the village is a roundabout and the Drax Nature Reserve.
The services of the village are quite limited, with only the primary school and social club being the main ones, most have been shut down over the years due to there being no major need for them. There was a small general shop which lied on the main road, opposite the village green. The shop was dated back to at leased the late 1800s, and share the building with the Post Office. The shop was closed down in 1995, due to the lack of business, and the owner moved out.
Up until 2008, there was a portable library which drove through the village once a week. It is also said to of had a portable Fish and Chip hunt, however it is not known what days it came and when it stopped coming.
The village had a community church, which held weekly services and special services for the Primary school. The Church was shut in 2012, because of only 5 residents coming to the weekly services, who were all elderly. The vicar however still makes visits to the primary school, to celebrate important events in the Christian calendar.
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.
- "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
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