If you walk along Barnby Lane towards the level crossing you will come to Liberty Gate Cottage, adjacent to the railway tracks. I was intrigued to understand why the house was so named. Looking at a map dated 1729, Barnby Lane was called Liberty Gate and similarly Osterfen Lane called Osterfen Gate. The lane connecting the two roads was called Waldyke Hedge and is now known as Cross Lane.
Ursilla Chester a professional archeologist who lives at Liberty Gate Cottage, explained that the name was based on the original name for Barnby Lane. Incidentally the current house was rebuilt as the original had to be demolished in order to be able to put in a third railway track for sidings.
Liberty Gate probably meant the way to land external to the parish boundary.
St Elena’s Chapel, a Chapel of Ease, is believed to be near to what is now called Chapel Close located at the end of Barnby Lane. A Chapel of Ease was built within a parish for attendance by those unable to reach the Parish Church conveniently and where the parish was widespread with more than one settlement.
There is no evidence remaining of St Elena’s Chapel, but there may have been a medieval settlement around that location. Nearby is Odd House Farm, which may be a corruption of God’s Farm, There is also Church View and Traile End
The 1824 map above shows some interesting items:
No railway tracks, the Cotton Mill on the River Witham; several roads to Fenton from Stubton; a very small Balderton Village; the Toll Point on the Great North Road going into Balderton (by the Sibcy Lane junction and marked TP); Balderton Mill where Fernwood is now; very extensive grounds to Stubton Hall and a road going all the way to Barnby.
In the April newsletter edition, there were two photographs of Claypole School pupils in 1911 and 1919. Heather and Ken Renshaw of Westborough hadn’t seen these pictures before but recognised three of the pupils in the 1919 picture. They were James (Jim) , Florence (Floss) and Nora Renshaw, Ken’s uncle and aunties. They all lived in Ideal Cottages in Claypole, previously known as the Workhouse.
A LIDAR image of the fields near Chapel Close. The road to Claypole village goes out the top of the image and then turns right towards Barnby Crossing and then to Main Street.
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