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Barley, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Barley, a village and a parish in Herts, on the NE verge of the county, 3 miles SE of Royston station on the G.N.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Royston. Acreage, 2725; population, 574. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £323 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1872, with the exception of the fourth aisle and the ancient Norman tower. There is a chapel used chiefly by the Congregationalists.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHertfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBarley St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionRoyston 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Barley

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Barley from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Hertfordshire is online.


Online maps of Barley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Hertfordshire newspapers online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Hertfordshire, 1572 and 1634. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe, F.S.A. is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictNorth Hertfordshire
Postal districtSG8
Post TownRoyston