Barkway is an Ancient Parish in the county of Hertfordshire.

Other places in the parish include: Nuthampstead and Newsells.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary Magdalene

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Wyddial
  • Royston, Cambridgeshire
  • Melbourn, Cambridgeshire
  • Anstey
  • Reed
  • Buckland
  • Langley, Essex
  • Barley
  • Meesden
  • Chrishall, Essex

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BARKWAY (St. Mary Magdalene), a town and parish, in the union of Royston, hundred of Edwinstree, county of Hertford, 4 miles (S. S. E.) from Royston, 13¾ miles (N. N. E.) from Hertford, and 35 (N.) from London, on the road to Cambridge; containing, with the hamlets of Newsells and Nuthampstead, 1291 inhabitants. In the reign of Henry III. a grant of a market now disused, and of a fair which is still held on July 20th, was obtained for this place. Nearly the whole town was destroyed by fire in the reign of Elizabeth, and again in 1748. It is pleasantly situated on rising ground, and consists principally of one street: the houses in general are modern and neatly built, and the inhabitants are well supplied with water. The parish comprises chiefly arable land, with a large extent of wood, and a small portion of pasture. The living is a vicarage, consolidated in 1800 with the rectory of Reed, and valued in the king’s books at £14; the impropriation belongs to Mrs. Vernon Harcourt: the tithes were commuted for land in 1801. The church is a spacious structure combining various styles, with a square embattled tower. There is a place of worship for Independents; and a charity school for boys has an endowment of £10 per annum.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Monumental inscriptions, Barkway, Hertford, England Author: Royston Family History Group

Monumental inscriptions, Barkway, Hertford, England : abt. 1600-1900

1861 census–Barkway, Hertfordshire Author: Doig, Tom

Census returns for Barkway, 1841-1891

Births and baptisms, 1812-1837 Author: Barkway Meetinghouse (Hertfordshire : Independent)

Bishop’s transcripts for Barkway, 1800-1835 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Barkway (Hertfordshire)

Parish registers for Barkway, 1538-1967 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Barkway (Hertfordshire)

Computer printout of Barkway, Herts., Eng

Computer printout of Barkway, Independent, Herts., Eng

Parish register printouts of Barkway, Hertford, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1812-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

A village and its people Author: Hertfordshire Record Office

Churchwardens’ accounts and miscellaneous parish records, 1554-1964 Author: Barkway (Hertfordshire)

Militia lists, parish of Barkway Author: Hill, John


  • County: Hertfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Royston
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Post-1844 – Rochester, Pre-1845 – London
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Braughing, Post-1844 – Buntingford
  • Poor Law Union: Royston
  • Hundred: Edwinstree
  • Province: Canterbury

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