Barby, Northamptonshire

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Barby is located in Northamptonshire
 Barby shown within Northamptonshire
Population 2,083 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SP543703
   – London  84 miles (135 km) via M1 motorway junction 18 
Civil parish Barby
District Daventry district
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGBY
Postcode district CV23
Dialling code 01788
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Daventry
List of places

Coordinates: 52°19′41″N 1°12′17″W / 52.32811°N 1.20464°W / 52.32811; -1.20464

Barby is a village and civil parish in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire, England. In 2001 the parish had a population of 2,083.[1]


Barby is located approximately five miles (8 km) south of Rugby, and about seven miles north of Daventry. The village is located upon a hill overlooking the Rains Brook and Leam valleys. The Oxford Canal is about one mile west running north and south and the M45 motorway runs just north of the village.


Barby's name came from Old Norse Bergbýr meaning "hill dwelling"; like Rugby, Kilsby, Badby and Oadby it was probably settled or renamed by Vikings.

The Motte and earthworks from a Norman castle[2] can be found on the northern edge of the village, off Castle Mound road. There is no Bailey.[3] The lost village of Onley is located in the north-west corner of Barby parish. During the Second World War there was a Prisoner of War camp in the village. A map of the old village with photographs can be found in the recently enlarged village hall, next to which can be found a children's play area of some size. There was a windmill to the south of the village which is still standing, although the sails have been taken off and it has been converted into a private residence.


The village contains two garden centres, one is no longer open and the site is used to house limo's, a pub, a general shop and post office, and a Church of England primary school.

The village church is dedicated to St Mary is of pink sandstone and has an interesting blue clock face. The church has an Anglo-Saxon window and probably date from the 13th and 14th centuries.[3] The rectory is dated 1869.

In 1965 Owen Maclaren designed and patented the first baby buggy at Arnold House, a restored medieval farmhouse.

The village is linked to Rugby and Daventry by Stagecoach in Warwickshire bus route 10 (hourly).

Barby Cricket Ground is located opposite the windmill on Longdown Lane. The club plays in the Warwickshire League and runs successful men's, women's and junior sides.

Twin village[edit]

The village is twinned with Vulaines-sur-Seine in France.


  1. ^ ONS statistics
  2. ^ Barby Castle at the Gatehouse website
  3. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1961). The Buildings of England – Northamptonshire. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-0-300-09632-3. 

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