St. Mary Magdalene Church, Barkway
Barkway is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population656 [1]
775 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceTL3831035470
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROYSTON
Postcode districtSG8
Dialling code01763
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′00″N 0°00′54″E / 52.00°N 0.015°E / 52.00; 0.015Coordinates: 52°00′00″N 0°00′54″E / 52.00°N 0.015°E / 52.00; 0.015

Barkway is a long-established village and civil parish in the North Hertfordshire district of Hertfordshire, England, about five miles south-east of Royston, 35 miles from London and 15 miles from the centre of Cambridge. The Prime Meridian passes a mile or so to the west of Barkway.


Reputedly listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Birchwig, meaning Birch Way. Barkway has a number of 15th and 16th century properties, some with beautifully thatched roofs. Most properties are on or near the High Street, which is part of the old London to Cambridge coaching route. Barkway has had a village church for over 1000 years. The current flint and stone church, which is over 800 years old, has a full peal of 8 bells which are rung every week. The village has an infants' school, the Tally Ho pub, a recreation ground with children's play area and football pitch, a Golf Course, a Garage and a number of active social organisations. According to the 2001 census Barkway had a population of 656.[1] Two major estates are adjacent to the north of the village: Cokenach, which has a long-established cricket club,[3] and Newsells which is now a stud farm.[4]


Barkway has three tiers of local government at parish, district and county level: Barkway Parish Council, North Hertfordshire District Council, and Hertfordshire County Council.

Barkway is an ancient parish, and it was part of the hundred of Edwinstree. Barkway was included in the Royston Poor Law Union from 1835.[5] The Local Government Act 1894 created parish and district councils. The parish of Barkway was included in Ashwell Rural District from 28 December 1894, and Barkway Parish Council came into being on 31 December 1894, taking over the secular functions of the parish vestry. Despite the name, Ashwell Rural District Council was based in the town of Royston. Ashwell Rural District was abolished in 1935, becoming part of Hitchin Rural District, which in turn was abolished in 1974, becoming part of North Hertfordshire.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "2001 Census". Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Cokenach Cricket Club
  4. ^ a b "Newsells Park Stud". Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ Higginbotham, Peter. "Royston Poor Law Union". The Workhouse. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Barkway Civil Parish / Ancient Parish". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  7. ^ Thomas, Keith (16 July 2020). "Noisomeness". London Review of Books. Vol. 42, no. 14. ISSN 0260-9592. Retrieved 23 July 2021.