EXTRACT FROM W E ROBERTS
An analysis by Harper Gaythorpe of the population of Barrow in 1850, from a return dated June 11th in that year, bearing the signature James Ramsden.
"This return included the village of Barrow, Hindpool and patent slip, Old Barrow Island, and Salthouse and Junction. Among the heads of families there were then 10 farmers, 9 ore-
There is no record of any occupier being a fisherman, although the surname Fisher is a very common in the area.
Extract from an original manuscript written about 1878
by W.E. Roberts, Esq., born 1862, died 1954
Mr W Roberts, writing about 1878, gives an eye witness account of what life was like in Barrow Village between the 1830s and 1850s.
"The district of this date was very isolated and constantly free from visits of strangers unknown to the inhabitants, and the doors of the houses were without locks or bolts except in an odd case or two. The people were honest and straightforward, and the enterprising burglar was unknown.
The inhabitants made fishing expeditions down the channel to provide for their needs, and landed many catches of fish. A draw net 150 yards long was placed at the disposal of any of the fishermen who wanted it, and usually took place in the Autumn and yielded often from one to four tons. The people took what they wanted. Frequently, after all were satisfied, the balance was salted down in drums for use in the Winter and Spring.
An extensive business was carried out in cattle dealing, and large numbers of cattle were driven through the country to Manchester Market over the dangerous Lancashire sands. Butter and eggs were also sent extensively by road and sea to the same markets. The old inhabitants spoke a dialect similar to the Cumberland people. It was invariably the custom with the old people to receive from the shopkeeper they dealt with, twelve months' credit, in fact the business of the country bore little resemblance to the manner carried on at the present time.
The people were honest and were faithful in discharging their many obligations".