Together with the neighbouring village of Earl Shilton, it was an important manufacturing base in the local boot and shoe industry.
St. Mary's Church dates from the 13th century, and is the main church of a parish that also includes Stapleton and Potters Marston.
Barwell's major claim to fame occurred in 1965, when the largest meteorite ever to fall on Britain landed in the village. It was preceded by a loud hissing, and was accompanied by loud noises, as one might expect.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Barwell for groups.