St Peter's church is situated at the south-west end of the village, not far from the picturesque main green and duck pond. The ancient custom of 'rush bearing' is still observed at the Patronal Festival each year, when the church floor is strewn with rushes gathered from the banks of the nearby river Welland.
In 1829, a Thomas Cook met Marianne Mason, a farmer's daughter living at West Farm, Barrowden. He was an itinerant Baptist missionary, but due to a lack of funds, he became a wood turner and cabinet-maker. They married in 1833 and moved to Market Harborough. On 5th July 1841, they hired a special train to take some Leicester Temperance supporter to a rally at Loughborough. This was the foundation of the Thomas Cook travel agency.
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