Maslem Hall - Do You Know Where it is?


Article kindly supplied by Mr Charles Watkinson

Some Barton residents wiill know where Maslem Hall is but I had better describe its precise location. It is on the East side of Barton to Brigg Road at Bonby top, between the road going East to Barrow and the slip road from the A15, as one comes from Barnetby top. Two large houses, formerly farm workers dwellings, now stand here. They were almost derelict but have now been given a considerable rebuild and renovation. Between these houses and the road to Barrow there is, at present, a tangled mass of trees and bushes. Before the A15 was driven through this area, the road to the East at Bonby top, from Brigg Road to Barrow, was called Blackmold, and it made a nice Sunday walk from Barton giong along Brigg Road, turn onto Blackmold and return to Barton vis Deepdale and Caistor Road. A short time ago my son was driving my wife (Edna Towle as was), and myself from Scunthorpe and as we turned off the A15 and up the slip road to return to Barton I remarked upon the very good job of work that had been done on the two houses. Then I said that the Old Chapel which had stood there, among the trees, must be in a parlous state, if, in fact, it was there at all. My wife said she, and other children who attended the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, had been to that Chapel to some Sunday morning services. This would be about 1930, she said the Chapel was very small, she thought they had been taken to the Sunday morning service to swell the usually small congregation. The Sunday School Superintendent was George Smith, of Drewery & Smith fame, he had used his largish car which also served as a taxi. I think that the Methodist Minster at that time would probably have been Rev. Williamson, followed by the Rev. Upright. I never wentthere but I can remember Mr George Day, a Methodist lay preacher, soberly dressed in a dark suit, polished boots, walking the Brigg Road on his way to preach the Gospel at that Chapel. Mr Charlie Lawtey was another who officiated in like manner. This Chapel and others like it were strategically placed in rural areas to accommodate farming folk who were of a particular Non-Conformist persuasion. Barrow Haven had a Chapel, I am sure there must have been others. I wonder how many now in Barton were among the many children from the various Chapel Sunday Schools who, dressed in their best, set off from the individual Chapels, carried on the horse drawn, decorated, flatbed four wheeled rullies on the Whit Monday ride through the town, the procession finishing in the orphanage field (the Fire Station, Harrowdyke and the Bowmandale estate are built on it). The Primitive Methodist's May Queen and her Attendants took pride of place in their part of the Procession. Each Chapel had a Banner carried by the older children, one to each pole and one to each of the four guy ropes, most of the children were carried, but the teachers and some of the older ones walked. After arriving, en masse, at the Orphanage Field the processions dispersed, the children were conveyed back to their own Chapels where they were given Tea. After Tea they walked back to the field were sports and games were enjoyed. And why did the weather always seem to be kind?
At that time, as well as the 'Prims', there were several Chapels in Barton, the Congregational in Chapel Lane, (the Congoes), the Wesleyans, one in Holydyke, one on Waterside. The Salvation Army was strong and active in the town. I don't think that the Established Churches, three C. of E., St Mary's, St Peter's, St Chad's and St Augustine's, the Roman Catholic Church took part in the Whit Monday Procession. I may be wrong.

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