Barley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Hertfordshire.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Margaret

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Melbourn
  • Barkway
  • Little Chishill
  • Chrishall

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BARLEY (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Royston, hundred of Edwinstree, county of Hertford, 2¼ miles (N. E. by N.) from Barkway; containing 792 inhabitants. It contains by computation 2500 acres, and the road from Barkway to Cambridge runs through the village. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £26. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely: the tithes have been commuted for £581, and the glebe consists of 32 acres. A school is endowed with £10 per annum.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

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

Census returns for Barley, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Barley, 1629-1640

Bishop’s transcripts for Barley, 1802-1849

England, Hertfordshire, Barley, parish registers

Marriages at Barley, 1566-1812

Parish chest materials, 1638-1914

Parish register transcripts, 1559-1812

Parish registers for Barley, 1559-1903

Computer printout of Barley, Herts., Eng

Two ears of Barley : chronicle of an English village

Militia lists, parish of Barley


  • 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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