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  • Barrow Upon Humber - Barrow-upon-Humber's origins have been traced back to at least the 7th Century when a monastery was founded by St Chad.
    It never grew into a town and was destroyed by Viking raids in the 9th Century.
    But Barrow's strategic importance is illustrated by the huge motte and bailey castle constructed by Drogo de la Beauvriere in the 11th Century.
    One of the village's most famous sons was John Harrison (1693-1776) who invented the first practical marine-chronometer which enabled sailors to accurately compute their position in the sea.
    Barrow was once a thriving rope-making and basket-weaving village and in the last century there has been massive population growth leading to the forming of New Holland.
    There is an abundance of historical buildings in the village and in 1974 it was designated a conservation area.
    Barrow has a mix of 18th and 19th Century houses from all social backgrounds, and was once home to many workers from farms in surrounding villages.
    Tourist attractions include the Holy Trinity Church, part of which dates back to the 13th Century, and the listed vicarage built in the 1800s.
    The old Congregational Chapel, now a band room, is one of the village's most unusual buildings with its steel sloping roof.
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