Barby church

The history of the parish of Barby in Northamptonshire

Barby Local History Group


Barby Parish continued

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There is a busy social life in the village, centred on the Village Hall, an extended and modernised Victorian school building, and the Sports Field and Pavilion, built on land in Longdown Lane owned by the parish’s Townlands Charity. 

Other facilities include a skate-board ramp, a tennis court, and the Village Stores and Post Office. 

Only one public house, The Arnold Arms, has survived into the Twenty-First Century.

The earliest models of the Baby Buggy, invented by Owen Maclaren, were made by local people in the stables behind his home at Arnold House.  These stables were formerly used for polo ponies.

Arnold House is one of many interesting buildings in the village, some of which are listed.  The most significant of the listed buildings is the village church, St Mary’s, built mainly of pink sandstone. The church contains some Anglo-Saxon remains, but the present construction probably dates from the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.  However, mediaeval wall paintings were lost when the church was ‘restored’ in Victorian times.  More recently, in commemoration of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, a fifth bell was hung in 2002, to complete the peal housed in the tower, and restoration of the external stonework was carried out in 2011.

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