During the Second World War, RAF Nuthampstead which is situated next to the village was used by the 398th bombardment squadron flying B17 Flying Fortresses over Europe. Visitors to the site will find that the main runways have since been removed, with a grass runway and service roads only remaining to allow the airfield to be used by light aircraft.
Barkway VOR is located at Nuthampstead Airfield.
Areas of the former airfield have been converted into a shooting ground. Since 1992, when planning permission was granted, the ground has developed to enable it to hold major championships in four international shooting disciplines.
The village has a pub/restaurant with bed and breakfast facilities, called The Woodman Outside The Woodman is a large memorial stone dedicated to the 398th squadron <www.398th.org>.
Nuthampstead is a civil parish in Hertfordshire. It was created out of the eastern part of Barkway parish in 1866.