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Barton-upon-Humber or Barton is a town and civil parish in the North Lincolnshire district, in the county of Lincolnshire, England. The population at the 2011 census was 11,066.[1] It is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary at the southern end of the Humber Bridge. It is 46 miles (74 km) east of Leeds, 6 miles (10 km) south-west of Kingston upon Hull and 31 miles (50 km) north north-east of the county town of Lincoln. Other nearby towns include Scunthorpe to the south-west and Grimsby to the south-east.

Marketplace - Barton Upon Humber.jpg
Market Place, Barton-upon-Humber
Barton-upon-Humber is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
Population11,066 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTA030221
• London150 mi (240 km) S
Civil parish
  • Barton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDN18
Dialling code01652
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°41′00″N 0°27′00″W / 53.6833°N 0.4500°W / 53.6833; -0.4500Coordinates: 53°41′00″N 0°27′00″W / 53.6833°N 0.4500°W / 53.6833; -0.4500


Barton is on the south bank of the Humber Estuary and is at the southern end of the Humber Bridge. The Viking Way starts near the bridge.[2]

Transport connectionsEdit

The Barton – Cleethorpes Branch Line (opened 1849) via Grimsby terminates at Barton-on-Humber railway station. The A15 passes to the west of the town cutting through Beacon Hill, and has a junction with the A1077 Ferriby Road to South Ferriby. The B1218 passes north-south through the town, and leads to Barton Waterside. Kimberly-Clark had a factory on Falkland Way close to the railway, known the Barton Plant; this area is known as the Humber Bridge Industrial Estate. The factory is now operating as part of Wren Kitchens. Bus services provided by Stagecoach in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire link the town with Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Hull.[citation needed]



Cropmarks and the discovery of polished handaxes in the area surrounding Barton-upon-Humber suggest that the area was inhabited at least as far back as the Neolithic (circa 4000 to circa 2,500 BCE).[3][4]


No Roman settlement has been found in Barton-upon-Humber, though individual discoveries dating to the Roman period have been made: in 1828 a Roman cremation and an inhumation were discovered,[5] in 1967 part of a Roman road was excavated near Bereton school (now Baysgarth school),[6] and other finds of coins, potteries, querns, and other Roman objects have been made.[7][8][9]


St Peter's Church has a Saxon tower. An Anglo-Saxon inhumation cemetery at Castledyke South, in use from the late 5th or early 6th century until the late 7th century, was investigated and partially excavated 1975–90: the skeletal remains of 227 individuals were identified, including one who had undergone (and survived) trepanning.[10] The church was reopened in May 2007 as a resource for medical research into the development of diseases, and ossuary, containing the bones and skeletons of some 2,750 people whose remains were removed between 1978 and 1984 from the 1,000-year-old burial site, after the Church of England made the church redundant in 1972.[11][12][13] The significance of the human remains lies in their representing the pathology of an isolated community over the period ca. 950-ca. 1850. An excavation report on one of England's most extensively investigated parish church, including a volume on the human remains, was published in 2007.[14][15]


Barton is mentioned as a Medieval borough in documents dating from 1086, 1216–1272 and 1298.[16] A ferry to Hull was first recorded in 1086,[17] and remained in operation until 1851, but this was superseded by a ferry at New Holland which began in 1820.[citation needed] The oldest residential building in Barton is 51 Fleetgate: it dates back to 1325 with the majority of the front of the building dating to 1425.[18] The Medieval manor in Barton was Tyrwhitt Hall which dates to at least the 15th century.


There are two Medieval churches extant in Barton-upon-Humber, St Peter's and St Mary's, located only about 170 yards apart. St Peter's is a large, mostly Anglo-Saxon church and predates St Mary's — which may have originated as a chapel on the original market place, enlarged and increasing in importance as the town's trade thrived in the 12th and 13th centuries.[19][20][21][22]

18th centuryEdit

19th centuryEdit

The former head office of Elswick Hopper under conversion into flats (2006)
  • A Temperance Hall was opened in 1843 and latterly converted into the Assembly Rooms in 1906.[23]
  • The Wilderspin National School opened in 1844.[24]
  • The first public train arrived in Barton-upon-Humber on 1 March 1849; this fact is commemorated by a blue plaque at the modern railway station.[25]
  • The Oddfellow's Hall was constructed in 1864. It latters served as Barton's first cinema, a roller skating rink, a dance hall during the Second World War, and as offices and private accommodations.[26]
  • In 1880 Fred Hopper started a bicycle repair business in a former blacksmith's shop in the town. He soon began manufacturing bicycles, and after buying the Elswick Cycle Company of Newcastle, Northumberland in 1910, developed the renamed Elswick Hopper into a major manufacturer.[27]


Baysgarth School,[28] is a comprehensive school for ages 11–18 on Barrow Road. There are also three primary schools, St Peter's Church of England, on Marsh Lane;[29] the Castledyke Primary School,[30](formerly Barton County School) on the B1218, and Bowmandale Primary School,[31] in the south of the town.

Barton Grammar School,[32] which opened in 1931, used to be on Caistor Road. Henry Treece, the poet and author, was a teacher at the grammar school.[citation needed]


For 20 years, Barton-upon-Humber was home to a 750,000 square foot site for Kimberly-Clark. The site closed in March 2013 and more than 200 jobs were lost.[33]

Not long after the closure of the Kimberly Clark plant Wren Kitchens bought the site and moved to a new head office, 'The Nest', on the site. Wren Kitchens is one of the largest employers in the area.


Since 1981, there has been a local history museum based in Baysgarth House, within Baysgarth Park.[34]

An annual arts festival has been held in Barton-upon-Humber since 1998.[35]

In 2009, the Wilderspin National School museum opened following a £1.9 million funding investment. The school focuses on the life and works of Samuel Wilderspin.[36]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people associated with Barton-upon-Humber
Name Image Occupation Dates Barton status Comments Reference
Frank Barton Footballer b.1947 Born in Barton-upon-Humber [37][38]
Nancy Birtwhistle Chef Resident of Barton-upon-Humber Winner of BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off [39]
Sean Bonney   Poet Grew up in Barton-upon-Humber [citation needed]
Jamie Cann Politician 1946-2001 Born in Barton-upon-Humber MP for Ipswich [40]
Ken H. Harrison Comic book artist b.1940 Drew Desperate Dan for the Dandy [citation needed]
David George Hogarth   Archaeologist 1862-1927 Born in Barton-upon-Humber Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford from 1909 to 1927 [citation needed]
Thomas Johnson Botanist and teacher 1863-1954 Born in Barton-upon-Humber [citation needed]
Robert Elmer Kleason Criminal 1934-2003 Resident of Barton-upon-Humber from 1990 American citizen who was convicted and sentenced to death in 1975 for the murder of two Mormon missionaries near Austin, Texas [41]
Ted Lewis Author 1940-1982 Resident of Barton-upon-Humber after c.1945 Lewis's best known work was adapted as the film Get Carter[42] [citation needed]
Paddy Mills Footballer 1900-1994 Grew up in Barton-upon-Humber [citation needed]
Bob Oldridge Footballer b.1957 Born in Barton-upon-Humber [citation needed]
Isaac Pitman   Teacher 1813-1897 Resident and teacher in Barton-upon-Humber from c.1831-1835 Inventor of the Pitman shorthand method [43]
Peter D. Robinson Bishop b.1969 Grew up in Barton-upon-Humber Presiding Bishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America [44]
Gilbert Sissons Priest 1870-1940 Born in Barton-upon-Humber Archdeacon of Gibraltar from 1916 to 1929 and of Italy and the French Riviera from 1929 to 1934 [citation needed]
Henry Treece Poet and writer 1911-1966 Resident of Barton-upon-Humber [45]
Chad Varah Priest 1911-2007 Born in Barton-upon-Humber Founder of the Samaritans and named after St Chad's Church on Waterside Road [46]
Samuel Wilderspin   Educator 1791-1866 Teacher in Barton-upon-Humber Pioneer of infant education. [47]

See alsoEdit

  • Barton, Maryland, United States. The Reverend William Shaw of Barton-upon-Humber, a Methodist minister settled on the site of Barton, Maryland in 1794. His son, William Shaw Jr. laid out the town in 1853, naming it for his father's hometown.
  • Humber Ferry


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