Things You May Not Know About Barton upon
- In 2005 the cost per mile of crossing the Humber Bridge was £3.62, in
the same year the cost of space travel (as a tourist) was £5.61, not a great
deal more! (Source - The Indypedia 2006)
- The film, Get Carter, which was based on the book written
by Ted Lewis, has been voted by a panel of critics as the
greatest British movie of all time.
- Ted Lewis, author of books such as "Get Carter"
and "The Rabbit" lived in Barton for many years
of his life.
- 490 skeletons unearthed from St Peter's Church, dating
from the 9th century to the 19th century, took part in a
study to discover whether tall people lived longer. The
lengths of all long bones were measured to the nearest
millimetre, and then sex and age at death were measured.
The results showed that taller people did tend to live
longer than shorter people.
- Ken Harrison who is the "Desparate Dan"
cartoonist lives on Fleetgate.
- Henry Treece the author lived in Barton and taught at the
Old Grammar School.
- Isaac Pitman (the inventor of shorthand) was the first
master of the Charity
School on Queen Street.
- Samuel Wilderspin was the first teacher at The National and
Infant (Church) School on Queen Street.
- Chad Varah, the founder of the Samaritans was born at the
Old Vicarage in 1911.
- In 1836 The Lincolnshire Show was held in Barton upon
- Barton was once the largest port on the river Humber.
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