Barton-upon-Humber may only be a relatively small town, with a population estimated at around 11000 at the last census. But in terms of history, places of interest and business it punches above its weight.
Situated on the south of the Humber Estuary, the first thing that visitors to Barton cannot fail to note is its proximity to the Humber Bridge.
This famous bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1981, although now it is the eighth longest.
Before the bridge was opened, this part of Lincolnshire could only reach Yorkshire by the Humber Ferry, which ran between New Holland in Lincolnshire to Hull in the East Riding.
Historically, Barton is very significant for its Anglo Saxon church of St. Peter’s. This is one of the most important churches in England for its rich heritage.
Although there is some dispute about the exact dating of the church, English Heritage, who now own the building, put the nave at around the tenth century but the baptistery to the ninth century.
The church tower is a typically Saxon construction with rubble walls and pilaster strip work as decoration. Like so many churches this old, it has been added to and rebuilt over the years.
Around the eleventh century the original chancel was demolished, to make way for a bigger Norman one, which would be constructed over the next two centuries. However, this was largely replaced by the fourteenth century construction that still exists to this day.
Some of the nave is in a decorated Gothic style and include capitals from the earlier construction and features a green man. In the east there still remains a stained glass window depicting both St. George and St. James.
St. Peter’s is not the only church of note in Barton, but it is the oldest and the most famous one. There is also St. Mary’s which was originally built as a chapel of ease to St. Peter’s, in the Norman era.
We are incredibly fortunate to have not only one church of such historical importance, but two and any visitor to Barton must visit them!
Other places of interest to visit in Barton include the Ropewalk museum and nearby there is the Augustine Thornton Abbey.
Nature lovers are well placed to discover the outdoors and bird species as the Far Ings nature reserve is home to migratory birds in action, over the spring and autumn months.
This is just the tip of the iceberg – stay on our site and explore Barton and its attractions as well as businesses further. We are small but perfectly formed!