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Barston is a village and civil parish in Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. It is about six km east of Solihull and is located inside a large meander of the River Blythe. The nearest large city is Birmingham. According to the 2001 UK Census, the parish had a population of 499.
There are some fine historic buildings, some of them timber-framed. The Church of St. Swithin is a Church of England church which dates from 1721, and is built on the site of an earlier church. The village also possesses two pubs, The Bulls Head and The Malt Shovel and about 50 residential properties. The Barston Memorial Institute opposite the Bulls Head hosts many village activities with a Friday night youth club and regular Art Classes as well as the Barston WI and U3A meetings. There is no bus service or any other form of public transport in the village, although an abandoned bus stop still exists at the end of the central road of Barston, Oak Lane, which is left over from an old school service from the 1970s. Next to the bus stop is an old-fashioned red phone box.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Solihull Retrieved 2009-11-22
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