Barrington shown within Cambridgeshire
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Barrington is a village and civil parish in the South West Cambridgeshire district of Cambridgeshire, England. The village is about seven miles (12 km) south-west of Cambridge, between Haslingfield and Shepreth.
The village green covers 30 acres (120,000 m2), is more than half a mile (800 m) long and is supposedly the longest in England.
The parish of Barrington is roughly a trapezium in shape and covers 2282 acres. The southern boundary follows the River Cam which separates it from the parishes of Shepreth, Foxton, and Harston and formed the ancient boundary of Wetherley hundred. Its northern boundary reaches the ancient Mare Way at its north-westernmost tip, a track that ran along the ridge of the White Hill, and now forms the A603. It borders Orwell to the west, Harlton to the north and Haslingfield to the east.
The village has long been an important manufacturer of bricks and cement; there were already four brick-makers by the 1840s. The Prime family opened the Shepreth road brickworks by 1876 which changed hands several times over the 20th century as it grew in size. At the northern end of the village was the Cemex cement works which closed in 2008.
The parish church of All Saints possesses a chancel, aisled and clerestoried nave with north and south porches and side chapels, and west tower. The chancel and nave date from the 13th century and perhaps incorporate parts of an older building at its western end. The tower was added later in the 13th century though only reached its current height in the 16th century, and the chancel was extended in the 14th century. The tower contains six bells.
The village retains one public house, The Royal Oak, which is housed in a building that dates back to the 13th century. Former pubs in the village include The Boot, and The Catherine Wheel, both open by 1850, The Victoria and The Fountain both open by 1900, and The Butcher's Arms by 1937. All were closed before the end of the 1960s.
- Elsie Widdowson, dietitian
- A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely 5. 1973. pp. 147–160.
- A. D. Mills (2003). "A Dictionary of British Place-Names".
- "CEMEX proposes to turn off cement kiln at Barrington".
- Demolition crew unearths key to forgotten thousands
- The Royal Oak, Barrington
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