Barston

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Coordinates: 52°23′59″N 1°41′50″W / 52.39963°N 1.69719°W / 52.39963; -1.69719

Barston
Barston church.jpg
West Midlands
Barston
Barston
 Barston shown within the West Midlands
Population 499 
OS grid reference SP207780
Civil parish Barston
Metropolitan borough Solihull
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SOLIHULL
Postcode district B92
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Meriden
List of places
UK
England
West Midlands

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.[1]

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.

The footballer Robbie Keane owned a house in Barston whilst playing for Coventry City F.C. in the early half of the 1990s.

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