Meet The Squire Family - Land Owners for Willow Row Barrow


Willow Row Barrow sits on a secluded area of land close to the Village of Hail Weston, near St.Neots and is owned by Richard and Cordelia Squire, seventh generation farmers who have worked the land for nearly 200 years. The farm has seen many changes in agriculture since the 1800’s from the passing of Shire Horse power to bigger horsepower tractors. Originally Sir Peter Squire purchased the Bassmead Estate in 1845 to grow herbs for his renowned apothecary business in London. Sir Peter was the official chemist to Queen Victoria. Today, the farm grows arable crops of wheat, barley, and oil-seed rape and have been worked by Richard for the last 30 years.
 
Cordelia juggles looking after their three small children, working as a physiotherapist and company director at Woodfield Phsyiotheraphy Centre and also manages the Squires’ Wedding venue Bassmead
Manor Barns.
 
Both are active community members and are involved with the local Parish Council and help to organize events in Village hall. It was a
sense of community and a chance to provide a much needed service
that attracted them to the idea of creating a final resting place for ancestors on their land.

Why a Barrow?

'We hope that Willow Row Barrow will offer a meaningful final resting place of rest; a handcrafted monument set in the natural and peaceful countryside of Willow Row. For us, becoming custodians of such a unique monument has been a wonderful opportunity to recreate something very special. As guardians of the land we have a deep sense of continuity and look forward to the Barrow being here for many generations to come, in fact forever’.