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Yorkshire West Riding Vol I

The village of Barlow lies in a low, flat area near the River Ouse, about 4km south-east of Selby, and 25km south of York. It is a linear settlement apart from Barlow Hall and several dispersed farmsteads, with a population that rarely surpassed two hundred and fifty people until the mid-20th century.

The land in the township comprised 2250a. in 1847, expanding slightly to 2371a. by 1891. At its widest points, its irregular shape is about 4½ km from east to west, and about 3½ km north to south.