Barking, Suffolk

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Coordinates: 52°08′13″N 1°01′34″E / 52.137°N 1.026°E / 52.137; 1.026

Barking - Church of St Mary.jpg
Barking church
Barking is located in Suffolk
 Barking shown within Suffolk
Population 440 (2001 census)
District Mid Suffolk
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Barking is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of the English county of Suffolk. It is 2 miles (3 km) west of Needham Market on the B1078 road. The village is linear along the road with its centre being around the area known as Barking Tye and away from the large village church of St Mary.[1] There are six bells that hang the church of St Mary with the largest weighing 11 cwt - 1 qr - 7 lb.[2] All 6 bells were recast and rehung in 1911 by Alfred Bowell.[2]

Barking Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest made up of a number of wooded areas mainly to the south of the village.[3] These are ancient woodlands documented since the 13th century and including many coppiced and pollarded Oak and Ash trees covering a total of 95.1 hectares (235 acres).[4] One of the sites has active badger setts. Suffolk Wildlife Trust owns part of the largest of the wooded areas, Bonny Woods, which it operates as a nature reserve of 20 hectares (49 acres), maintaining the coppiced woodland as a series of habitats.[5]


  1. ^ St Mary, Barking, Suffolk churches website. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  2. ^ a b Dove's Guide, Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  3. ^ Barking Woods map, Natural England. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  4. ^ Barking Woods, SSSI citation, Natural England. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  5. ^ Bonny Wood, Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 2013-01-25.

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