Place:Barton in the Clay, Bedfordshire, England

NameBarton in the Clay
Alt namesBarton le Cleysource: A Vision of Britain through Time
Bartonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Barton-in-the-Claysource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
Barton-le-Claysource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-15
Barton le Claysource: alternate spelling
Bertonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.967°N 0.424°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoFlitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: A previous edition of Wikipedia stated that the name of this parish had "recently" been changed from Barton in the Clay to Barton le Clay. No date for the official change has been found but Barton le Clay was used in the 1961 UK census, yet in F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Southern England (London: Royal Historical Society, 1979), p. 4., both Barton in the Clay and Barton le Cley were used. All possibilities have been redirected here.

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Barton in the Clay is a small town and a civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England. The town has existed since at least 1066 and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. (Wikipedia includes the quotation.) Two 21st century estimates of the population of Barton in the Clay are in the region of 5,000.

Barton in the 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 near the Scottish border. The 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. Much of this area of chalk downland is now a nature reserve.

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides three chapters of the Victoria County History Series on Bedfordshire. The first covers the religious houses of the county; the second and third provides articles on the parishes of the county. The parishes are arranged within their "hundreds".
  • GENUKI main page for Bedfordshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Bedfordshire family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Bedfordshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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