Barton in the Clay is an Ancient Parish in the county of Bedfordshire.

Alternative names: Barton-le-Cley, Barton-le-Clay

Parish church: St Nicholas

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include: Particular Baptist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Barton in the Clay

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BARTON-IN-THE-CLAY, a parish in Luton district, Beds; on the verge of the county, 7 miles N of Luton r. station. It has a post office under Ampthill. Acres, 2,270. Real property, £3,400. Pop., 956. Houses, 210. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £400. Patron, the Crown. The church is ancient and good. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, an endowed school with £50, and other charities with £33.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Barton-in-the-Clay, 3 m. S. from Selsoe. P. 855

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Barton-in-the-Clay, a parish in the hund. of Flitt, union of Luton, county of Bedford; 3½ miles south of Silsoe. Living, a rectory, formerly in the archd. of Bedford and dio. of Lincoln, now in the dio. of Ely; rated at £26 9s. 7d.; gross in come £420; in the patronage of the Crown. The great and small tithes, the property of the clerical rector, were commuted in 1809. There is a Baptist chapel here. The parish possesses three daily schools, one of which is endowed with £32 per annum, and a Sunday school. Pop., in 1801, 448; in 1831, 720. Houses 146. Acres 2,270. A. P. £2,790. Poor rates, in 1837, £294.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland 1833

Barton-In-The-Clay, co. Bedford.

P. T. Silsoe (40) 3 m. S. Pop. 608.

A parish in the hundred of Flitt; living, a rectory in the archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Lincoln; charged in K. B. 26l. 9s. 7d.; church ded. to St. Nicholas; patron, the King. In this parish is a celebrated petrifying spring.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and Ireland by John Gorton. The Irish and Welsh articles by G. N. Wright; Vol. II; London; Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand; 1833.

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Everlasting springs Author: O’Dell, Audrey

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Court records, 1736-1766 Author: Manor of Barton-in-the-Clay. Court (Bedfordshire)

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Parish registers for Barton-in-the-Clay, 1775-1968 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Barton-in-the-Clay (Bedfordshire)


Land tax assessments for Barton-in-the-Clay, 1797-1946 Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

Surveyors accounts, 1799-1838 Author: Barton-in-the-Clay (Bedfordshire)


Barton in the Clay Kelly’s Directory of Bedfordshire, 1914

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  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Luton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Diocese: Post-1836 – Ely, Pre-1837 – Lincoln
  • Rural Deanery: Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Luton
  • Hundred: Flitt
  • Province: Canterbury

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