Barrington, Cambridgeshire

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All Saints
Grid reference: TL391503
Location: 52°7’48"N, 0°1’48"E
Population: 904  (2001)
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB22
Dialling code: 01223
Local Government
Council: South Cambridgeshire

Barrington is a village in southern Cambridgeshire. The village is about ten miles southwest of Cambridge, sitting between Haslingfield and Shepreth.

The village green covers 30 acres, is more than half a mile long and is supposedly the longest in Britain.

Pond and village green

Listed as Barentone in the Domesday Book of 1086 the name "Barrington" is believed to mean "Bara's farmstead",[1] after an otherwise unknown founder or patriarch.


The parish of Barrington is roughly a trapezium in shape and covers 2282 acres. The southern boundary follows the River Granta which separates it from the parishes of Shepreth, Foxton, and Harston and forms the boundary of Wetherley Hundred. Its northern boundary reaches the ancient Mare Way at its north-westernmost tip, a track that ran along the ridge of the White Hill, and now forms the A603. It borders Orwell to the west, Harlton to the north and Haslingfield to the east.[2]

The village has long been an important manufacturer of bricks and cement; there were already four brick-makers by the 1840s. The Prime family opened the Shepreth road brickworks by 1876 which changed hands several times over the 20th century as it grew in size.[2] At the northern end of the village was the Cemex cement works which closed in 2008.[3][4]

Barrington Hall was once the seat of the Bendyshe family; it was used for a while as offices but currently for hosting weddings and other events.


The parish church of All Saints possesses a chancel, aisled and clerestoried nave with north and south porches and side chapels, and west tower. The chancel and nave date from the 13th century and perhaps incorporate parts of an older building at its western end. The tower was added later in the 13th century though only reached its current height in the 16th century, and the chancel was extended in the 14th century. The tower contains six bells.[2]

Village life

The village retains one public house, The Royal Oak, which is housed in a building that dates back to the 13th century.[5] Former pubs in the village include The Boot, and The Catherine Wheel, both open by 1850, The Victoria and The Fountain both open by 1900, and The Butcher's Arms by 1937. All were closed before the end of the 1960s.[2]

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