Inbarton decided it was time to utilise the pavement studs
that have been installed around the town and devised this walk,
based on history and personal experience, around the town.
This walk will use the pavement studs situated around the town
to guide you. This is not an official
town walk based around the studs, just an alternative walk.
Helpful notes :- The Humber Bridge runs north from Barton to
Hessle. There are photograph's in the text to aid you in
- Stand on the corner of the central reservation area of
the bus station, next to the directional finger posts,
facing the White Swan pub. On the floor you will see the
first pavement stud directing you up Fleetgate.
Before you head up Fleetgate a note on the area around
you. The railway station used to be much larger than it
is today. There were many buildings including a station
house and the railway branched off into the present car
park on your left. It was opened in 1849 by London North
Eastern Railway and all the railway buildings were
demolished in 1973.
|Barton's Transport Interchange
Across from the Railway Station is
the White Swan Inn. This was formerly
one of Barton's main hotels. The Venetian windows looking
onto Fleetgate indicate that it was built in the 18th
- Follow the direction arrow on the pavement stud up
Fleetgate. Just after you have passed Eagle House (on the
east of Fleetgate) turn left at the first junction where
the next pavement stud is on Newport.
- As you travel along Newport you will
notice house numbers 82, 84 and 86 on your left. These
houses used to be the second Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Further down Newport, across the road, is a large
building on the corner of Maltby Lane. This used to be
the Oxford Cinema and was very popular
during the second world war.
|The former Oxford Cinema
Further along Newport on the left is
Overton Court. This was named after Overton Wass, an
important Bartonian during the second world war. There is
another pavement stud here directing you to the end of
Newport. At the end of Newport on your left (north)
stands New Hall. The gates of New Hall can now be found
at the entrance of Baysgarth Park. The grounds of New Hall were
much larger until Queens Avenue was built.
- At the end of Newport with its junction with Queen
Street you will notice the next pavement stud,
directing you to the right up Queen Street. This was
originally known as New Road when it was opened in 1827.
It cuts across the former gardens of the great house
(Long's Mansion) which stood on the site of the former Police Station (on
High Street). Its grounds occupied most of the area
bordered by High Street, Finkle Lane, Newport, Catherine
Street and Marsh Lane.
- As you walk up Queen Street the first buildings of
interest you will come across are a pair of Victorian
houses (numbers 13 and 15) which stand on the
site of the former free charity school and may incorporate certain parts
of the original building..
These buildings have a more modern
frontage but the back is original. The foundation stone
was laid in 1831 and Isaac Pitman became the master of
the school in 1832. The school closed in 1842 and in 1858
was converted to two houses.
- The next building you will notice on the east of the
street is the old National and Infants School, and is
now known as the Wilderspin National School.
|Wilderspin National School
In 1844 the vicar of Barton formed a
committee to establish the school and the first
superintendant was Samual Wilderspin. The school was extended in 1935
and finally closed in 1978. This is a building of national importance and is
now open as a museum (usually on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
- Next to the old school is the current Salvation
Army Citadel, which was opened in 1867 as the
new Primitive Methodist Chapel.
|Primitive Methodist Chapel
The Primitive Methodist Chapel closed
in 1961 and was reopened in 1965 as the Salvation Army
- On the western side of the street near the corner is the Assembly
This was built in 1843 as a Temperance
Hall. A Temperance Society was founded in Barton in 1837
intending "to preserve the sober and reclaim the
drunken". The upper lecture hall could seat 400
people and was used for public meetings, public
enquiries, county court meetings, concerts and
exhibitions. In 1903 it closed as a Temperance Hall and
between 1906 and 1967 it was the Anglican Church Hall and
the main public hall in the town and then known as The
Assembly Rooms. In 1974 it was converted to a night club
for a short time. In 1976 Glanford Borough Council
acquired the building and operated it as the town's civic
hall but more recently it has been taken over by the Town
Council whose efforts have brought it back to life.
- The next pavement stud is on the corner with High
Street and is directing you easterly along High
Street and then Burgate.
- The building on the corner of Queen Street and High
Street is Odd Fellows' Hall.
|Odd Fellows' Hall
In 1864 the Barton Good Design Lodge of
the Odd Fellows' Friendly Society opened their new Hall.
It has been used as Barton's first cinema (called the
Electric Theatre), a repertory theatre, a roller-skating
rink, a dance hall and as government offices. More
recently the ground floor has been converted into luxury
flats but the hall is unused.
- The next set of buildings on the north to your left are the
old Police Station and Magistrates' Court.
|Police Station and Magistrates
It was built in 1847.(see the
inscription over the central doorway) It was built on the
foundations of a great mansion house built by the Long
family of London mercers. The building was designed by J.
S. Padley and was single-storied. The Court Room was on
the right and the living area for the constable on the
left. An office, kitchen and two cells occupied the centre
of the block. Not long after completion the building was
heightened and the interior rearranged. In the early
1960s the constable's house was adapted to provide office
space. The last case was heard by the Magistrates Court
in July 1995. This police station was in use until the
new one opened on Holydyke in 2005.
- Just past this is Elm Tree House. This
was built by George Ingram, a local brickyard owner, in
about 1843. Fred Hopper, the local cycle entrepreneur, lived here
|Elm Tree House
- Carry on in an easterly direction along Burgate
as the next pavement stud directs and soon you will see St
Mary's church on the left. St Mary's church is believed to have
originally been built as a chapel-of-ease to St Peter's church
and would have probably stood on the edge of, what was
then, the Market Place. The tower is of 13th century
origin and originally had a spire. The porch is also of
13th century design, with its stiff-leaf capitals and dog
tooth decoration. The door in the north isle (which now
leads to the church hall) is medieval in date and would
have originally been an exit.
|St. Mary's Church
- Carry on to the junction with Whitecross Street
where the next pavement stud is pointing you in a
southerly direction. Before you move it is worth noting
that there is the Old Vicarage just
across the road. (the large white building)
|The Old Vicarage with St. Peter's Church in
Chad Varah, the founder of the
Samaritans was born here in 1911. Behind the Old Vicarage
is St. Peter's church. This must be
Barton's most significant building. The tower and
baptistry at its western end remain from an Anglo-Saxon
church built in the late 10th century. In the later
medieval centuries the building was enlarged. It is now
in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public
(at present between 2pm and 4pm each afternoon.).
- As you travel along Whitecross Street (it is best to
travel on the eastern side) the first large building you
meet on the west side used to be a bus depot for Enterprise
and Silver Dawn, and then later Lincolnshire
Road Car stored a vehicle here. Further
down the road on the junction with Preistgate, again on
the west side, is another private residence (number
55). This used to be the Whitecross
|The old bus depot.
- Further along Whitecross Street, on the eastern side, is Laurel
House which was built in the 1780s for a local
surgeon, William Benton.
It has the former Hoppers Club building
in its grounds. In 1881 the Hambleton family lived here.
- The next pavement stud is on the junction with Barrow
Road and points you across the road in a southerly
direction towards Baysgarth House. (be careful how you
cross here). As you aim south on your left is a
magnificent building surrounded by large grounds (past
the St Augustine Webster church). This is Bardney
This is built in Queen Anne style. The
name is a reminder of the town's connection in the
medieval period with the great Benedictine abbey of the
same name. There are rumoured to be secret tunnels
leading from here around North Lincolnshire.
- As you reach the bend in the road another pavement stud
will direct you across the road. Here you will see the
next pavement stud pointing you back north in the
direction you came. Before you follow this it is
definitely worth visiting Baysgarth House and
Park (beyond the large entrance).
Baysgarth House and gardens was given
to the inhabitants of the town in 1930 by Mrs Thomas
Ramsden. There is a museum to visit which has free
admission and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and
Bank Holidays) from 12noon to 4pm (with the last
admission at 3.30pm). For more information or details
telephone 01652 632318. It is also worth a stroll around
the park if you have time. As we leave the park notice
gates and the ornate gateposts the large wrought iron
capped with unicorns and baskets of fruit. These were
brought here in the early 20th century from the garden of
New Hall in Newport.
- Back to the pavement stud. Follow the direction arrow
north again and you will pass The Old Rate House (number
17) and then the Volunteer Arms public
house on your left. This reportedly gets its name from the
contingent of Barton volunteers in 1803 who were formed
because of the invasion of Napoleon, although at this time it was called
the Bay Horse. It was renamed the Volunteer Arms sometime between 1863 and
1868. In 1881 the landlord
was George Green Thomas. 1861 the landlady of the
Bay Horse was Ann Jennings. It is also locally known as
|The Volunteer Arms (Bay Horse)
- The next pavement stud is on the junction and is pointing
west along Market Lane. The first major building you will
see is on your left and is The Old Mill.
|The Old Mill
This was used as a mill up to 1950 but
is now a public house. It stands on the site of an
Anglo-Saxon burial ground which has been extensively
excavated. (There is a leaflet about the dig available to
buy in Baysgarth Museum) Across the road you will see a
supermarket. In front of this supermarket is a bus stop.
If you imagine a line from the shops to the east of the
bus stop to the shelter to the west of the bus stop you
can imagine where a row of buildings once stood. These
were demolished many years ago to widen the road.
- Carry on in a westerly direction and you will come across
some public toilets (you may need to use them by now). On
this site once stood a public house called the Black
Bull, who's landlord in 1881 was James Allen. A
few doors down where the China Shop is was another public
house, called the White Lion. The
landlord of this pub, in 1881, was Robert Whitaker.
|The former White Lion pub
- You will notice another pavement stud pointing you across
the Zebra crossing and in a northerly direction. As you
reach the other side of the Zebra crossing you will
roughly be in the place where a water pump and drinking
trough once stood. To the east stands the Barton
Corn Exchange Club (which used to be called the
|Barton Corn Exchange Club
This was originally built as the town's
Corn Exchange and opened in 1854. It was designed by D.
W. Aston. There was a butter market on the ground floor
which originally had cast iron grilles in its three
- Turn to face The George Hotel. This is a
former coaching inn which has undergone many alterations.
The main corner building dates from the 17th century.
- The next pavement stud is pointing down George Street in
a northerly direction. Follow this down the busy shopping
street to its junction with Preistgate. It was here that
Priesgate House once stood. This building stuck out into
the road making the road very narrow at this point. It
was because of this that it was demolished in 1954. To
the right, a few doors down, of Priestgate House stands
Cobb Hall. This dates from 1766 and is now a private
You may notice the initials T.M.E. on
the property. They are those of the builders of the house
- Thomas Marris, a local soliciter, and his wife
The next pavement stud will direct you down King
Street past the doctors surgery and shops where
you will soon come across another pavement stud which is
pointing you in a westerly direction up High Street.
- As you proceed up High Street you will
see the old police station again (on the opposite side of
the road this time) and you will soon come to a junction
with Cottage Lane. This was also known as
Slaughterhouse Lane during the Second World War due to the Abattoirs that
were situated along it. Carry on westerly up High Street. Number 12 High
Street was also known as Bradford House when Ada Ellis owned the premises.
- At the top of the hill is Junction
Square where the next pavement stud will be
pointing you in a westerly direction along the rest of
High Street. In Junction Square stands the Red Lion
public house. Next to that, where the betting shop and
restaurant are, once stood a row of buildings which stood
out in line with the Red Lion to the Take-away.
|The Red Lion pub
- Cross the road and carry on along High Street. Just
before you reach the next supermarket you will notice a
junction with Maltby Lane across the
road. You should be able to see the Youth Club from here.
This occupies the premises of the
former Wesleyan Day School which was built in 1867. It
was in 1860 that Barton's Wesleyan Methodists decided
that because the Queen Street school was overcrowded they
would build a larger one to replace their smaller one
which stood on the site of the present Methodist Lecture
Hall. After a short period of redundancy the Maltby Lane
building was taken over by the Salvation Army who ran it
as their Citadel from 1921 until 1962.
- Carry on to the next junction which is back onto
Fleetgate. On your left, where the hardware shop stands,
is the site of the former Star Cinema and directly in
front of you, on the site of the current St John's
Ambulance headquarters are now, once stood the Waggon
and Horses Inn.
|The building now standing on the site of the former
Waggon and Horses pub
- The next pavement stud directs you in a northerly
direction back along Fleetgate. As you travel along
Fleetgate you will notice a few shops, but once this
street was as busy and important as the other shopping
streets in Barton. About half way down you will come
across No 51 Fleetgate.
51 Fleetgate is thought to be the
oldest residential house in North Lincolnshire and
definitely the oldest in Barton upon Humber. It has a
history of about 600 years. The building was restored by
Glanford Buildings Preservations Trust, with assistance
from English Heritage, after the death of Fred Clipson in
1989. The building has a very rare surviving medieval
timber framed rear wing with a crown-post roof. This
dates back to the 15th century. 51 Fleetgate used to be
the home of the Barton upon Humber Regeneration Centre
which ended in March 2002. It is now being used by the
Barton upon Humber Civic
Society. There are special open days
organised by the Civic Society more details of which can
be found in the events page or the Civic Society new
- Carry on along Fleetgate and you will soon see the
Railway Station where our walk started - I hope you have
enjoyed the walk.
|Back at the beginning of your walk.