The local library which hold details for Barkston is in the Isaac Newton Centre in Grantham. They have census returns and parish records on fiche and three fiche machines of different types which are bookable in advance. [Yvonne PARKER, 2004]
Barkston (sometimes "Barkston le Willows" or "Barkstone in the Willows") is both a village and a parish 4 miles north of Grantham and 110 miles north of London. Marston parish lies to the west, Syston parish to the south. In the eastern portion of the parish is Barkston Heath, and part of that is now an RAF training airfield. The parish covers 2,100 acres in an east-west orientation.
The River Witham runs past the western side of the village, turning its flow from north to west. If you are planning a visit:
Take the A607 trunk road, which passes through the village, north out of Grantham.
Watch for the SIGN. Glyn BAKER captures the village sign well on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
Ian PATERSON provides a photograph of the village on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
Travellers to Barkston may wish to stay overnight at Barkston House (Tel: 01400 250555).
There are several ancient quarries to the east of the village on the heath.
Legend has it that Robin Hood used to frequent Barkston. Alas, he does not appear to have left any genealogical references behind.
Barkston was a barren heath until about 1790.
The Great Northern Railway used to serve Barkston with passengers and freight at Barkston Station, a mile west of the village. The railway stills runs to the west and north of the village.
Perhaps because of the nearby airfield, there are several Barkston paranormal sites on the Internet - no, I'm not providing Links to those.
In 1930 the Stag Public House provided a place to catch up on local news. Wm. Nicholson is listed as running the place in the 1930 directory.
In the Cemetery on Honington Road is a memorial to the father of Stan LAUREL of Laurel and Hardy. Stan's father lived in the village for a short time with his daughter Olga who kept the pub in West St (now a private house). Stan and Ollie visited the village on a couple of occasions and it is still visited by fans of theirs. [Yvonne PARKER, 2004]
The name Barkston is a combination of Old English and Old Scandinavian in Barkr+tun, for "farmstead of a man called Barkr". It appeared in the 1086 Domesday Book as Barchestune. ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]