The village sign
|Population||5,000 (2002 est.)|
4,992 (2011 Census)
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Bedfordshire and Luton|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
The Domesday Book
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 (4.9 ha) of meadow which lay there before 1066, but John of Les Roches dispossessed him wrongfully, and this the Hundred testifies.
Barton-le-Clay is in Central Bedfordshire between Bedford and Luton, 34 miles (55 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 village 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 and are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Much of this area of chalk downland is now a nature reserve, managed by Natural England.
Places of worship
- Baptist – Hope Chapel
- Church of England – St. Nicholas Church
- Methodist – Barton-le-Clay
- Roman Catholic – St. Matthew (Now closed)
There are two major schools in Barton, Ramsey Manor Lower School and Arnold Academy, 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 the choice to go to Harlington Upper School.
The closest railway station to Barton is 4 miles away in Harlington. The is no public transport connection to the station. Bus services through Barton are largely those connecting the towns of Luton in the south to Bedford in the north. A cross-country routes also joins the village to other local villages including Shillington and Shefford. There is a weekly (Tuesdays) bus service to connect with Hitchin in the east.
Clubs and Groups
Organisations[who?] offer karate and football. A Rotary Club meets at The Bull Hotel. Barton Players, the main local amateur dramatics group, hold plays and summer workshops 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, 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 10:30 am.
The village was also the place where the mighty Lea Sports Reserves was initiated.
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.
St Nicholas Church restoration of 1879
Published by the NOF Digitise Architecture England Consortium.
- St Nicholas Church plans from 1879
Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to many houses in Barton, with news about Barton and the surrounding area.
- Herald and Post (Luton based) – delivered every Thursday
- Luton and Dunstable Express (previously titled Luton on Sunday, Dunstable on Sunday or Bedfordshire on Sunday) – delivered every Sunday
- "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
- "St. Nicholas Church Barton-le-Clay Bedfordshire". St Nicholas Church, Barton. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
- "Ramsey Manor Lower School Web Site | about us". Ramseymanor.ik.org. 15 July 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Welcome to the Frontpage". Arnold.beds.sch.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Harlington Upper School". www.harlington.org. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Private School and Nursery: Orchard Independent School & Nursery, Barton Le Clay, Bedfordshire,Beds". Orchardschool.org.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "About Us". bartonleclaypreschool. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Barton le Clay Rotary Club". Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club. Retrieved 11 November 2006.
- "Barton Players – Future Productions". Barton Players. Archived from the original on 14 April 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2006.
- "Upstage official website". Upstage. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "Bedfordshire and Luton Libraries' Catalogue – Barton Library: Information". Galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Barton-le-Clay: GP Surgery". www.bartongroupsurgeries.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Roll of Honour – Bedfordshire – Barton". Lynda Smith. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
- Barton-le-Clay Church: Restoration Plan Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "lutontoday.co.uk". lutontoday.co.uk. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
- "Luton and Dunstable Express". www.luton-dunstable.co.uk. Luton and Dunstable Express. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
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