infobox UK place
country = England
population= 5,000 (2002 est.)
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Mid Bedfordshire
postcode_district = MK45
Barton-Le-Clay is a large village in the south of
Bedfordshire, England, located at gbmapping|TL082310. The village has existed since at least 1066 and is mentioned in the " Domesday Book".
Barton-Le-Clay is on the outskirts of
South Bedfordshirebetween Bedfordand Luton, convert|30|mi|km|0 north of London. Nearby villages include Sharpenhoe, Silsoe, Westoningand 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.
Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to all houses in Barton, with news about Barton and the surrounding area.
* [http://www.lutontoday.co.uk "Herald and Post"] (Luton based) – delivered every Thursday
* [http://www.lsnmedia.co.uk/luton/ "Dunstable on Sunday"] – delivered every Sunday
To the south-east of Barton is a large hill. From the foot of this a spring (Barton Springs) marks the start of a
chalk streamriver. During the summer Dartmoorponies roam the hills. Barton Hills are part of the Chilternswith hiking routes marked on maps at the entrance to the hills.
Places of worship
*Baptist – Hope Chapel
Church of England– St. Nicholas Church [cite web|title = St. Nicholas Church Barton-le-Clay Bedfordshire|publisher = St Nicholas Church, Barton|url = http://www.stnicholas-barton.org.uk|accessdate = 2006-11-12 ]
*Methodist – Barton-le-Clay
*Roman Catholic – St. Matthew (Now closed)
There are two major schools in the village, Ramsey Manor Lower School and Arnold Middle School, together serving pupils aged from 5 to 13. The lower school only takes pupils from within the village while the
middle schoolhas a much wider catchment area including Westoning, Silsoe and Greenfield. Upper school children have to go to Harlington upper school.
[http://www.orchardschool.org.uk Orchard School & Nursery] is a small private nursery and prep school for children aged 0 to 7, on the outskirts of Barton in Higham Road. The village also has a
The closest railway station to Barton is in Harlington. Regular buses run through Barton and stop at the seven bus stops.
Clubs and groups
karateand football. A Rotary Clubmeets at The Bull Hotel. [cite web|title = Barton le Clay Rotary Club|publisher = Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club|url = http://www.bartonleclayrotary.org.uk|accessdate = 2006-11-11 ] Barton Players, the local amateur dramatics group, hold plays and Summer workshops [cite web|title = Barton Players - Future Productions|publisher = Barton Players|url = http://www.bartonbydesign.co.uk/players/futureproductions.htm|accessdate = 2006-11-11 ] for children in the village hall.There is a thriving youth drama group in the village called Up-Stage [http://www.up-stage.co.uk]
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 East for the 2005-2006 season.
*Barton Library – [http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/cgi-bin/viewpoint_server.sh?enqtype=LIBINFO&session_no=&from=&pp=&libno=52 Website]
* GP Surgery [http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/find/results/detail/index.aspx?organisationId=E81046+MK45%204TA^1&find_type=gp&postcode=MK45%204NY Dr Sydenham & partners] .
Barton-Le-Clay is the birthplace of 1980's Pop singer
Rick Astley, now infamous for being the feature of Rickrolls
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. [cite web|title = Roll of Honour - Bedfordshire - Barton|publisher = Lynda Smith|url = http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/BartonRollofHonour.html|accessdate = 2006-11-12 ]
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 of meadow which lay there before 1066, but John of Les Roches dispossessed him wrongfully, and this the Hundred testifies.
St Nicholas Church – Restoration of 1879
Published by the NOF Digitise Architecture England Consortium.
* [http://www.crsbi.ac.uk/ed/bd/barto/x16901.jpgSt Nicholas Church plans from 1879]
* [http://www.bartonleclay.co.uk/ Parish council]
* [http://www.picturesofengland.com/England/Bedfordshire/Barton_Le_Clay Pictures of England - Barton-Le-Clay]
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