Welcome to Barton Mills
are delighted to be part of this heritage community initiative run by
Forest Heath District Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
as part of the Millennium Festival
Mills's Timeline Thu 01/02/01
Barton Mills is a beautiful little village located just south of the town of
Lark River runs between Barton Mills and Mildenhall and it is only a short
walk down a quaint footpath with two arched bridges to get from one to the
other. The footpath is adjacent to the Norah
Hanbury Kelk nature reserve and leads to the village
village hall was built adjacent to the playing field in 1931 and is
frequently used for official and social functions. A short walk down The
Street will reveal many of the village's highlights.
parish church of St
Mary is of the embattled type with a South porch and Western tower.
The marvellous hand-painted glass depicting St John the Baptist and St
Edmund can be seen in the church. The clock
was inserted in the tower in1911.
The National Autistic Society's Middle Field Manor (or Barton Hall as it was originally known)
is located off of The
post office/grocery and the village pub, The
Bell, are located in the village centre. A walk continuing down The Street will
lead past the Baptist Church and many beautiful homes. The homes are a mixture
of historic buildings and modern brick houses.
street ends at the former coaching inn, The
Bull. This sits across form the A 11
village name may mean "the corn farm by the mill". However, the
village of Barton Mills was once called "Little Barton". It is said
that many of the maps of the 18th century did not show the small village of
Little Barton. The maps did show the turnpike road from Norwich to London (now
the A11) and the
Mill next to the road. The Mill was marked on the map in bold letters,
Barton Mills. Over time the name was adopted.
Barton Mills is also famous for its annual Scarecrow
Festival. The village was officially recognised in 1999 as having the
festival with more scarecrows than any other festival in the world and became a
Guinness Book record holder.