Barlow, North Yorkshire

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Barlow, Old Methodist Chapel.jpg
Old Methodist Chapel, Barlow
Barlow is located in North Yorkshire
Barlow shown within North Yorkshire
Population 753 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE645285
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SELBY
Postcode district YO8
Dialling code 01757
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
53°44′56″N 1°01′24″W / 53.74889°N 1.023382°W / 53.74889; -1.023382Coordinates: 53°44′56″N 1°01′24″W / 53.74889°N 1.023382°W / 53.74889; -1.023382

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. Most of the services of the village were closed down during the 20th century, but there 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 light, as Barlow does not lead to 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 was situated on the main road, opposite the village green. The shop dated back to circa the late 1800s, and shared the building with the Post Office. The shop was closed down in 1995, due to the lack of business.

There was a portable library which visited the village once a week. It is also said to have had a portable Fish and Chip van.

The village had a community church, which held weekly services and special services for the Primary school. The Church was closed in 2012, because of small congregation 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.

Until 1964 Barlow had a railway station on the Selby to Goole branch


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 

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