Here you will find articles about people who have lived in or are associated with Bishop Burton. Sadly most have died and are remembered here.

David Oxtoby


We are sorry to report that David Oxtoby of Burton Raikes Farm died on 16th July 2023. His funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church, Bishop Burton at 11.00 am on Thursday 3rd August.

Cecil Barlow 1933-2023

When the referee’s whistle blew, he was off like a whippet. Rumour has it that’s how he was born,  fast as you like! From a boy to a man he loved his sport but football was his calling. As soon as his feet stepped onto the football pitch, bang! he was off. Like one of those rockets that hit Hull during the war. The onset of which, brought Cec to shelter in Bishop Burton where he spent his whole life apart from 2 years national service.  A loyal son and brother and real team player, just like his everyday life, a true villager. Always there for anyone who needed him, friend, stranger or those who just needed a good old chinwag.  I am one of the lucky ones who became Cec’s neighbour and to quote him “his best Buddy”.  I felt so proud the day he told his Dr I was.  It has been an honour to have known Cec, his kindness, friendship and his guidance will stay with me forever. His banter was second to none and his infectious laughter could always be heard ringing out from his garden gate.  From his gardeners to window cleaners, bin-man to postman and everyone who was befriended by him will surely miss him.

That’s the Cec I wish to remember, kind, thoughtful and always grateful to the end. Those who don’t know how Cec’s last game played out should know. He played a fine game but  sadly the most difficult of his life. There was no substitute and no winner, but as always he played out of his boots to the final whistle. I can hear the chants from the touch line now too his beloved village,  “There’s only one Cec Barlow!”

RIP my best friend

Steve Cook

Brian Woodward


We are sad to have to report the unexpected death last month of Professor Bryan Woodward. Our thoughts are with his wife, Joy, and their family at this time. Bryan was a regular visitor to the village and enthusiastically supported events in the village when time permitted. He will be sorely missed.

Bryan started out his academic research with the Royal Australian Research Laboratory in 1967 and joined Loughborough University as a lecturer in 1975, progressing to Professor of Underwater Acoustics and Head of Department for Electronics and Electrical Engineering during his tenure at Loughborough.
He was known worldwide for his work in underwater acoustics, retiring to Emeritus in 2008. He was a life member of Loughborough University Court and a member of Council and Senate.
A memorial service took place in Loughborough and can be viewed on Youtube at

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