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St. Mary Magdalene Church, Barkway
Barkway is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population656 [1]
775 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceTL3831035470
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROYSTON
Postcode districtSG8
Dialling code01763
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′00″N 0°00′54″E / 52.00°N 0.015°E / 52.00; 0.015Coordinates: 52°00′00″N 0°00′54″E / 52.00°N 0.015°E / 52.00; 0.015

Barkway is a long-established village and civil parish in the North Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about five miles south-east of Royston, 35 miles from London and 15 miles from the centre of Cambridge. The Prime Meridian passes a mile or so to the west of Barkway.


Reputedly listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Birchwig, meaning Birch Way. Barkway has a number of 15th and 16th century properties, some with beautifully thatched roofs. Most properties are on or near the High Street, which is part of the old London to Cambridge coaching route. Barkway has had a village church for over 1000 years. The current flint and stone church, which is over 800 years old, has a full peal of 8 bells which are rung every week. The village has an infants' school, the Tally Ho pub, a recreation ground with children's play area and football pitch, a Golf Course, a Garage and a number of active social organisations. According to the 2001 census Barkway had a population of 656.[1] Two major estates are adjacent to the north of the village: "Cokenach", which has a long-established cricket club,[3] and "Newsells" which is now an impressive Stud Farm.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Sir Humphrey de Trafford, a prominent racehorse owner, resided at the Newsells Park Estate with his family from 1926 until his death in 1971.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2001 Census
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Cokenach Cricket Club
  4. ^ a b "Newsells Park Stud". Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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