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Barton Springs Z1306-7-12-1

Barton Springs c.1905 [Z1306/7/12/1] 

We have not yet been able to compile comprehensive history pages for Barton-le-Clay, although we do have two pages currently available:  

If you would like to carry out research and contribute to this site we would be delighted to hear from you.   

Barton-le-Clay, also known as Barton in the Clay or Barton-le-Cley, is an ancient parish in the south-east of Bedfordshire on the Hertfordshire border. The church and surrounding buildings at Church End were originally a separate hamlet but have now become part of the village. Bedfordshire Archives holds many documents relating to the parish; a search of our online catalogue with Barton-le-Clay as the subject returns over 2600 items. Significant collections for researching people or places in Barton-le-Clay include: 

  • P21: Records for the parish of St Nicholas, Barton-le-Clay, including (among other items): registers of baptisms, marriages and burials; records relating to church property; vestry books accounts of overseers of the poor; records of local charities; parish magazines 

  • PCBarton: Parish council records, including (among other items): minutes; financial records; documents relating to footpaths, allotments and other local matters 

  • ABP/W: Wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Bedford, 1536-1857 

  • QSR: Quarter Sessions Records for Bedfordshire from 1714-1900. A search combining Barton-le-Clay as the subject and QSR as the reference will find criminal cases in which the parish is mentioned.  

  • MA42 and Award Book L: Enclosure map and award, c.1814 

  • MB2/BAR1: Records of Barton Primitive Methodist Church 

  • MB2/BAR2: Records of Barton-le-Clay Methodist Church (formerly Wesleyan) 

  • SDBarton: Records of Barton Manor School 

  • SDBartonRamsey: Records of Ramsey School 

  • SDBartonRM: Records of Ramsey Manor Lower School 

  • X688: Deeds relating to property in Barton and elsewhere 

  • Z402: Papers of Barton historian Ivan J O’Dell 

  • Z1220: Inner Wheel Club of Barton-le-Clay 

  • Z50/7: Photographs of Barton-le-Clay 

  • Z1130/7: Postcards with pictures of Barton-le-Clay 

  • Z1306/7: Postcards with pictures of Barton-le-Clay 

Further details of these items can be found through our online catalogue. Our detailed collection guides give more information about the types of records we hold. 

Other useful sources for information about Barton-le-Clay include: 

  • Victoria County History entry for Barton in the Clay, available through British History Online.  Although published in 1908 most of the information is still relevant.  

  • The National Archives' Manorial Documents Register lists all manorial documents known to survive for Barton Manor 

  • Open Domesday gives details of the single entry for Barton-in-the-Clay in the Domesday Book of 1086 

Copies of the parish registers listing baptisms, marriages and burials up to 1812 can be purchased from Bedfordshire Archives. 

We offer an enquiry and research service, however this is limited to local history, properties and general subjects; we are no longer able to carry out genealogy research.