The first is a simple plaque to the memory of Mr John Brown, of Barrowden in Rutland, who left rents from a property in Hammersmith, London, for blankets to be given to the poor of Barrowden every New Years Day.
According to Kelly's Directory of Rutland for 1928, the Charity Commissioners in 1908 agreed that the money, then half the rent, or £50, could be applied more generally to the relief of the sick, poor and needy. 'The Leicestershire & Rutland Village Book', compiled by the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes, records that the relief was distributed monthly as free groceries to elderly residents, in the 1990's at least, by the village shop and post office.
Barrowden church, St Peter's, is a listed building, grade II*. Its spire is a "broach", fitting the corners of the tower without a parapet.