Joint Masters - Mrs Joan Williams, Mr Christopher White
The Joint Masters are in overall control of the Hunt.
Our Huntsman - Kevin Murray
Kevin, who has whipped in for the Barlow for a number of seasons is currently hunting hounds.
Whippers-In - Mrs Heidi Critchlow, Mr Ben Carson
Heidi has been the amateur whipper in to the Barlow Hounds for many seasons, this season she is assisted by Ben Carson. Their job is to help Kevin with the hounds on a hunting day.
Records exist of hounds being kept at the village of Barlow at the end of 17th Century. These will have been a ‘harrier’ type of hound hunting both hare & fox. They will have been maintained by the local farming community and ‘trencher fed’. The hounds were first kennelled during the Mastership of Mr. William Wilson in 1878.
In 1900 when Major Wilson took on the Mastership, it was decided that hounds would only hunt the fox & the hunt was accepted by the M.F.H.A. in 1907 as a recognised pack of foxhounds.
Masters of The Hunt
The first mention of a Master is in 1810 when Mr. Thomas Shemwell commenced his Mastership which ran for 30 years. When Mr. Shemwell relinquished the Mastership he handed over to another long serving Master, Mr. Edward Wilcockson who was Master from 1840 until 1851. Mr. Wilcockson handed over to the Barnes Family, Messrs E & A Barnes being Joint Masters until 1856.
When the Mastership was relinquished by Messrs Barnes the hounds were managed by members of the Hunt Committee for a number of years.
Mr. William Wilson took on the Mastership & kennelled the hounds at his own property at Horsley Gate in 1878. Mr. Wilson’s 1st term of Mastership only lasted 2 seasons, he then handed over to the Barnes family who resumed the Mastership, this time being Messrs A.G & T.H. Barnes, two seasons before handing over again to Mr. Wilson.
Mr. Wilson’s 2nd term as Master started in 1882 & on this occasion continued for nine seasons before relinquishing the Mastership to Mr. W. Harrison for two seasons before returning for a 3rd term from 1895 until 1900. In 1900 Major Wilson, Mr. William Wilson’s son, succeeded his father as Master & continued until his death in 1956.
Major Wilson was succeeded by his daughter Miss Elsie Wilson whose Mastership continued until her death in 1988. During her Mastership Miss Wilson was joined in the Mastership first by B. Swain from 1980 until 1982 & then by Mrs. G. Hinckley from 1982 until 1988.
Miss Elsie Wilson was succeeded by her sister Miss Anne Wilson whose Mastership commenced in 1988 until her tragic death in a fire at her home in April 2009. Miss Anne had a number of Joint Masters, Mr. G. Tate 1988 until 1993, Mr. R.T.F. Mitchell 1991 until 1994, Mr. M. Davies 1994 until 1997, Mr. M. Askew 1996 until 2000, Mr. J. Gill 2000 until 2001, Mrs. W. Buttle 2000 until 2002, Mr S.E. Clark 2001 until 2007. Miss Alice Marples joined the Mastership with Miss Anne in 2002 and continued as sole Master until the 2011/12 season. She then stood down as Master, with Mrs Joan Williams and Mr Christopher White taking over as Joint Masters.