The 1881 census recorded James Cherry aged 31 years at an address in High Street Barrow. He was the son of 58 years old George Cherry (born in Hull) who was listed as a grocer and draper etc. Also resident on the evening of the census were James’ mother Frances and his three sisters. The only directory reference is from 1885 when James was listed at presumably the same High Street address, as a photographer.
Of Barrow on Humber, was known to have produced photographs of the area.
Arthur was a chemist in Barrow on Humber, known to have produced photographs of the area including Barton. His cards are usually marked with the initials A.W. and are mostly from the period 1905-1909.
The Barrow Temperance Society was formed in 1837, and in 1844 opened the purpose-built Temperance Hall. ‘Temperance Hall Lane’ was recorded in the 1851 census (later simply referred to as Temperance Lane in the 1881 census). Temperance Hall stood on the south-east side of the lane but was demolished at some point in the late 19th century. A Victorian house named as ‘Ivy Dene’ now occupies part of the site.
Temperance Lane later became known as North Street (shown as such on the 1908 Ordnance Survey plan), which it remains today.
Throughout the 19th century local newspapers such as the Stamford Mercury detailed regular annual meetings of the Barrow Temperance Society. On 12 November 1852 that paper noted: -
‘On Tuesday evening the 9th inst., the fifteenth anniversary of the Barrow Temperance Society was celebrated in the Temperance Hall buy a public tea, which was numerously attended, and a public meeting, which was held in the large room capable of holding several hundreds of persons. The Rev. R.B. Machell, Vicar, was in the chair. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. W.H. Flowers, Vicar of Ulceby, and subsequently at considerable length, and in a manner which throughout excited the greatest attention, by Mr. Bormond. Temperance lecturer. After the meeting several persons signed a promise to abstain from all intoxicating liquours.’
Later, on 1 March 1872 a further report noted: -
‘The Barrow Temperance Society celebrated its annual festival on 21st ult. A public tea was provided in the Foresters’-hall, by the Ulceby friends. First, there was performed a temperance play, entitled ‘The Fountain Inn’; next, temperance drama, ‘Husband Taming’; and then a temperance comedy, ‘Father come Home’. All the characters were well sustained. Between the parts several melodies were sung by the company, and songs by the Misses Duffill, West and Burks. The entertainment was much appreciated by the large audience.’
The society ceases to be reported in the newspapers by the late 1880s, with an article in 1886 seemingly the final mention.
In 1839 the Ancient Foresters friendly society met at “Mr Metham’s house, the Red Lion” and by 1850 the Ancient Order of Foresters had 92 members. The success of the society led to the construction of the “Foresters Hall” in High Street in 1864, which still exists although sadly was looking rather neglected the last time I visited the village.
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