Bar Hill

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Bar Hill
Bar Hill church.JPG
Multi-denominational church
Bar Hill is located in Cambridgeshire
Bar Hill
Bar Hill
Location within Cambridgeshire
Population4,032 (2011 Census)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCB23
Dialling code01954
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°15′14″N 0°01′22″E / 52.25389°N 0.02278°E / 52.25389; 0.02278Coordinates: 52°15′14″N 0°01′22″E / 52.25389°N 0.02278°E / 52.25389; 0.02278

Bar Hill is a purpose-built village with a population of 4,000 about 4 miles (7 km) northwest of Cambridge, England on the A14 road.

The Prime Meridian passes just to the west of Bar Hill.


The site of Bar Hill in the late 1940s

Planning for the village began in the late 1950s to alleviate the housing shortage in South Cambridgeshire, and the first residents arrived in 1967.[2]

The village grew rapidly and by 1975 there was a population of 1,673 in its 599 homes, though it was only 40% of its intended size. Expansion continued in the 1980s and in 1989 the final house of the original plan was completed, 23 years after building had begun and 15 years after its planned completion. The population was at that time over 5000.[2]

Its name originated from the fact that it was built along an old Roman Road that had a Toll Bar/gate (the "Bar" part) which was used in the local area as the farm's name, Bar Farm. The farm house still remains next to the village school. The toll gate was also located roughly near this building. The village was built on or around one of the many hills in the area, hence the name "Bar Hill". It is accessible on the B1050 road, off A14 exit 29.

2014 Flood[edit]

On 8 August 2014 the village came to national prominence when over 100mm of rain fell in a period of approximately 30 minutes causing many parts of the village to become flooded.[3]

Village life[edit]

The village has a shopping mall (with a large Tesco Extra supermarket as anchor store), library (in which, unusually, a post office is also located), primary school, multi-denominational church (rebuilt in 1991[4]) and a pub called The Fox. A skate park was built in the village but has largely been demolished. There is also a championship 18 hole golf course and hotel. The village also has two fields (one large field known to locals mostly as "The village green" and the smaller school playing field located near the farmhouse) which are used to host sporting events and council events such as the annual village fête.

It has a cycle path to Dry Drayton, known as The Drift.[5] There is also a footpath that leads to the small village of Lolworth.

Bar Hill was originally contained within a ring road when it was first developed, but with the expansion and development of the area, it began to spill out. For example the "Gleneagles" development overlooking the golf course.

In 2017, Bar Hill was one of many areas that benefitted by the A14 road (England) Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme which was completed in 2020.

See also[edit]

  • Cambourne, another, later, planned village in South Cambridgeshire
  • Northstowe, a planned town in South Cambridgeshire close to Bar Hill
  • Bar-Hillel


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Bar Hill - a short history".
  3. ^ "BBC - Clean-up under way after flash flooding".
  4. ^ Chappell, Bob. "History". Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  5. ^ "DRY DRAYTON". domesday.

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