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St Nicholas, Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire

(51°57′44″N, 0°25′20″W)
TL 085 305
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Bedfordshire
now Bedfordshire
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Hazel Gardiner
  • Ron Baxter

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Feature Sets

The church has nave, chancel, N and S aisles and W tower. Of the original 12thc. church traces survive in the masonry of the E end of the nave. The chancel arch, N and S aisles, chancel and chancel arch are 13thc. and the clerestorey and W tower are 15thc. Romanesque sculpture is found on the retooled font.


The Domesday Survey does not mention a church at Barton. At 1086 St Benedict's Abbey, Ramsey held Barton manor. VCH records that Barton manor had been held by Ramsey Abbey (Huntingdonshire) since 1044 and the Abbey records show that Pope Alexander III confirmed the church and manor to the Abbey in 1178.





The plan of the church is irregular; VCH suggests that the original chancel may not have been correctly aligned.


J. Morris (ed.), Domesday Book: Bedfordshire, Chichester 1977, 8, 2.

  1. C. O’Brien and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough, New Haven and London 2014, 76-77.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Bedfordshire and the County of Huntingdon and Peterborough, London, 1968, 44-45.

The Victoria County History: A History of the County of Bedford, London, 1908, 2:308-313.