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Barton-under-Needwood is a large village in Staffordshire, England, a mile from the A38 between Burton upon Trent and Lichfield. It has a population of approximately 5,000 and serves as a commuter centre for many residents working in Lichfield, Tamworth and Burton or further afield in Derby and Birmingham.OverviewThe Tudor church of St James is a Grade II* listed building. It dates from 1517 and was built by Dr John Taylor, a native of the village, noted ecclesiastic, and chaplain to Henry VIII. It is built of stone with embattled parapets. The aisles were widened in the 19th century. It also has a clerestory and a polygonal apse. Both nave and chancel retain their original low pitched roofs. The church contains several monuments, notably including an 1691 alabaster mural monumentto Joseph Sanders and a marble tablet to Edmund Antrobus (1732) and his wife (1728).The village also has several shops and a village hall. Local infant/junior schools, and a larger secondary school are also located within the village: John Taylor High School, which serves Barton and the surrounding villages.It has seven pubs, six of which are owned by Marstons. Barton also has a large marina complex on the Trent and Mersey Canal, home to some 300 narrow boats, with shops, a pub, a cinema and restaurants.
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