Bartley village hall, and former church
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At the heart of Bartley is "The Tin Church" - an Anglican church reading room built in 1900 from corrugated iron and painted green. It was used for church services until 1992. A Charitable Trust then bought and renovated it. Now it is used as a Village Hall and community centre. Also central to the community is Fourways Stores and Bartley Post Office, owned and run by the same family for over thirty years. There is a pub called "The Haywain" (featuring the painting by Constable on the pub sign). Bartley Junior School is just north of the village centre.
The name Bartley means "birch wood". In 1586 it is recorded as "Bartlie Regis", the name being Anglicised to "Barkley Kings" on a map of 1695. Nearby Bartley Manor is an 18th-century house with a three-storey main block and two-storey wings. Bartley Lodge is also an 18th-century house which now operates as a hotel.
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