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Barnetby Le Wold
Victoria Road, Barnetby-le-Wold - - 786834.jpg
Victoria Road, Barnetby
Grid reference: TA054102
Location: 53°34’40"N, 0°24’26"W
Population: 1,741  (2011 (inc. Searby)[1])
Post town: Barnetby
Postcode: DN38
Dialling code: 01652
Local Government
Council: North Lincolnshire
Brigg and Goole

Barnetby le Wold is a small rural village and parish in the Lindsey part of Lincolnshire, located between Brigg and Immingham in the Yarborough Wapentake. The village is also not far from the market town of Barton-upon-Humber. The population of the parish in the 2001 census was 1,593.[2] This increased by 148 to 1,741 in the 2011 census.[1]

Barnetby railway station serves the village and surrounding area.


St Mary's Church

The village has a rich history of over 1,000 years. It was first named in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it is called "Bernodebi" which is derived from the Scandinavian name "Beornnoth".


The redundant church of St Mary on Church Hill is originally of Saxon origin, but the recent building contains more Norman architecture. The font inside the church is said to date from the times of King Stephen. On the northern side of the church a crude carving of a cat may be seen. St Mary's Church originally possessed a Norman lead font, which was the only one in Lincolnshire - being only 30 such examples in England. The font was moved to the newer church of St Barnabas and is now in the North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe.

Despite being called "new", St Barnabas Church was completed in 1927, and is of brick construction. For many years the church hall was of wooden construction, but this was demolished and a modern brick hall built on the site. The church hall was the main venue for many village functions until a purpose built village hall was built during the 1980s alongside the playing fields. The other religious building in Barnetby is the Methodist Chapel and Hall on West Street.

The Viking Way from the River Humber to Oakham, in Rutland passes through the village. The route is posted with a Viking symbol.

The Railway Inn on Kings Road before 1912

Just outside the village and alongside the A18 Brigg road is a set of ancient gallows. These were erected in the 17th Century on the orders of King James I as a deterrent to two local feuding families - the Ros's from Melton Ross and the Tyrwhits from Kettleby. This feud had lasted over 300 years, and James I ordered that any subsequent death as a result of this long-standing feud would be treated as murder and the offender would be hanged from the gallows. The adjacent woods are locally known as Gallows Wood.[3]

The village has one public house which was formerly known as the 'Station Hotel' but after redevelopment of the hotel to include accommodation and a music studio resulted in the pub being renamed the 'Whistle & Flute'. A second pub in the village is known as the 'Railway Inn', however this is now derelict and subsequently closed. The village also has two convenience stores, a Post Office (now relocated to be part of one of the convenience stores), three establishments offering a variety of takeaway food and two other bed & breakfast/hotels.



The village as it stands today is a direct result of the coming of the railway in 1848. Originally part of the Trent, Axholme & Grimsby Railway, it later passed into the hands of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway, thereafter becoming part of the Great Central Railway. In the 1923 grouping of railway companies the Great Central became the London & North Eastern Railway and finally in 1948 becoming British Railways before becoming Railtrack and ultimately the present-day Network Rail.

Although Barnetby had a small amount of rail freight traffic originating from it, most of the trains were passing through on the way to Immingham or Grimsby. In the other direction, freight trains such as the "Banbury fish" passed through. However, most of Barnetby's rail traffic was involved with the steel works at Scunthorpe, which was taken over by Corus. Although Lincolnshire has a reputation for being flat, this part of the county has several steep inclines and many freights required extra locomotives in order to cope with the gradients. For this purpose, a locomotive depot was built at nearby Wrawby junction - together with a turntable. Today, all that is left of the depot is the remains of the turntable pit which can just be seen in the undergrowth between the Brigg and Lincoln branch lines.

Railway house at Barnetby Railway Station

Although Barnetby's rail network has been significant rationalised, 21st Century Barnetby is still very busy. Almost 25 per cent of the Britain's bulk rail freight traffic passes through the village. The biggest volume is the imported coal to feed power stations and the nearby Corus steelworks at Scunthorpe. Iron Ore, petroleum products and steel also pass through in large quantities.

Services from the station include the hourly train to Manchester Airport calling at Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Sheffield and Manchester and originating from Cleethorpes. This service runs daily and every hour between 6am and 10pm (approx.) in both directions and is run by TransPennine Express.

Further services include an East Midlands Railway service from Grimsby to Lincol and Newark, also Northern services to Sheffield via Brigg and Retford which operate on Saturdays.

Barnetby Railway Station platform

Bus service

There are several bus services which operate through the village and are run by a number of operators. Bus services are often dictated by various factors such as school and college periods and the market days in the nearby town Brigg. Stagecoach Lincolnshire provides one weekday service each way as diversions of the Grimsby/Hull Humber Flyer.

Hornsby Travel provides the more frequent service from Mondays to Fridays which is known as the 'Wolds Villager'. This service operates hourly between 9am and 4pm (approx.) and travels between Brigg and Kirmington calling at Humberside Airport and Wrawby. Furthermore, Hornsby provide a service between Ulceby and Scunthorpe calls at the village on Saturdays.


Humberside International Airport is approximately four miles away from the village and operates daily services to Amsterdam and Aberdeen among various holiday destinations. The Airport also has an oil platform helicopter ferry operator which is based at the Airport along with the Humberside Police force helicopter - 'Oscar 99'.


The village has major links to other cities such as Kingston upon Hull (via the A15 and A63), Grimsby (via the A180), Doncaster (via the M180), Sheffield (via the M180 and M1), Leeds (via the M180 and M62) and Manchester (via the M180 and M62). All of these are accessed via 'Barnetby top' which is a large roundabout junction at the top of the village.

Work which started in February 2016 and is due to be completed by August 2016, is creating a small roundabout junction at the top of the village (from Kings Road) with links to the A18 from the direction of Brigg and Melton Ross.


The village is home to St Barnabas Primary School[4] which provides education services to the local area for children aged between 3 and 11 years of age. The primary school has approximately 160 students and focuses on core educational studies which prepare students for further study at Secondary School. The school is a Church of England school.

Secondary schools include Vale Academy, Sir John Nelethorpe, Caistor Yarborough Academy and Caistor Grammar.


  1. 1.0 1.1 UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Barnetby le Wold Parish (1170211325)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 January 2018 
  2. UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Barnetby le Wold Parish (1543504363)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. }}
  3. Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. pp. 286–287. ISBN 9780340165973. 
  4. "St Barnabas Primary School". 

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