Barton-le-Clay

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Coordinates: 51°58′01″N 0°25′27″W / 51.9669°N 0.4241°W / 51.9669; -0.4241

Barton-le-Clay
Village sign.
The village sign
Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire
Barton-le-Clay is located in Bedfordshire
Barton-le-Clay
Barton-le-Clay
 Barton-le-Clay shown within Bedfordshire
Population 5,000 (2002 est.)
OS grid reference TL082310
Civil parish Barton-le-Clay
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bedford
Postcode district MK45
Dialling code 01582
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Barton-le-Clay is a large village and a civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England. The village has existed since at least 1066 and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Until quite recently it was known as Barton in the Clay.[1]

History[edit]

Ancient history[edit]

To the south west of the village, across the A6 is Sharpenhoe Clappers, an Iron Age hill fort.

The Barton Domesday Book entry in Latin and English

The Domesday Book[edit]

Barton-Le-Clay Domesday Book entry, taken from 210d 2.

In FLITT Hundred M. The Abbot also holds Barton (in-the-clay). It answers for 11 hides. Land for 12 ploughs. In lordship 3 hides; 2 ploughs there; a third possible. 20 villagers have 9 ploughs. 7 smallholders and 6 slaves. 1 mill, 2s, meadow for 6 ploughs; woodland, 200 pigs. In total, value £10; the same when acquired; before 1066 £12. This manor always lay in (the lands of) St Benedict's Church. With this manor the Abbot claims against Nigel of Aubigny and Walter the Fleming 12 acres (49,000 m2) of meadow which lay there before 1066, but John of Les Roches dispossessed him wrongfully, and this the Hundred testifies.

Location[edit]

Barton-le-Clay is in Central Bedfordshire between Bedford and Luton, 32 miles (51 km) north of London. Nearby villages include Sharpenhoe, Silsoe, Westoning and Pulloxhill. The A6 which runs from Luton (6 miles south of the village) bypasses Barton and continues through Bedford (north of the village) to Carlisle. The bypass was constructed in January 1990.

In the southeast of the parish are the Barton Hills, which form the northeast extremity of the Chiltern Hills. Much of this area of chalk downland is now a nature reserve.

Places of worship[edit]

Schools[edit]

There are two major schools in the village, Ramsey Manor Lower School[3] and Arnold Middle School,[4] together serving pupils aged from 5 to 13. The lower school only takes pupils from within the village while the middle school has a much wider catchment area including Westoning, Silsoe and Greenfield. Upper school children have to go to Harlington Upper School.[5]

A small private nursery and prep school for children aged 0 to 9, Orchard School & Nursery, is based on the outskirts of Barton.[6] The village also has a pre-school.[7]

Transportation[edit]

The closest railway station to Barton is in Harlington. Regular buses run through Barton and stop at the eight bus stops.

Clubs and groups[edit]

Organisations[who?] offer karate and football. A Rotary Club meets at The Bull Hotel.[8] Barton Players, the main local amateur dramatics group, hold plays and summer workshops[9] for children in the village hall. However, it is open to new members who wish to join. There is a youth drama group in the village called Up-Stage,[10] including two branches for young people aged 13 and over, called CentreStage and Stage Right. Barton also host Scouting and Guide organisations for all ages. A local history group meets in the library on the last Saturday of each month at 10:30am.

Football[edit]

Main article: Barton Rovers F.C.

Barton-le-Clay has a football team (Barton Rovers F.C.) who play at Sharpenhoe Road. The club played in the Southern League Division One Central for the 2010-11 season.

Public services[edit]

  • Barton Library[11]
  • GP Surgery[12]
  • Dental Surgery Richard Miller-White

War memorials[edit]

The high street war memorial.

There are two World War memorials, one near the main road (on the junction between Luton Road and Hexton Road) and the other in the Parish Church - both have identical names. A list of all the people on the memorials has been compiled on the Roll of Honour website.[13]

St Nicholas Church – Restoration of 1879[edit]

Published by the NOF Digitise Architecture England Consortium.

  • St Nicholas Church plans from 1879[14]

Local newspapers[edit]

Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to many houses in Barton, with news about Barton and the surrounding area.

  • Herald and Post[15] (Luton based) – delivered every Thursday
  • Luton and Dunstable Express[16] (previously titled Luton on Sunday, Dunstable on Sunday or Bedfordshire on Sunday) – delivered every Sunday

See also[edit]

Pictures[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AA Great Britain Road Atlas, 13th edition (1982), The Automobile Association ISBN 0-86145-033-7
  2. ^ "St. Nicholas Church Barton-le-Clay Bedfordshire". St Nicholas Church, Barton. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Ramsey Manor Lower School Web Site | about us". Ramseymanor.ik.org. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Frontpage". Arnold.beds.sch.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.harlington.org
  6. ^ "Private School and Nursery: Orchard Independent School & Nursery, Barton Le Clay, Bedfordshire,Beds". Orchardschool.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ "About Us". bartonleclaypreschool. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  8. ^ "Barton le Clay Rotary Club". Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club. Retrieved 2006-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Barton Players - Future Productions". Barton Players. Retrieved 2006-11-11. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Upstage official website". Upstage. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Bedfordshire and Luton Libraries' Catalogue - Barton Library: Information". Galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Roll of Honour - Bedfordshire - Barton". Lynda Smith. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-12. 
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ "lutontoday.co.uk". lutontoday.co.uk. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  16. ^ http://www.lsnmedia.co.uk/luton/

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