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Barton-upon-Humber - North Lincolnshire

    Entry from Kelly's Trade Directory for 18xx

Barton-Upon-Humber is a small market town on the south border of the Humber: it is a polling-place for the Northern division of the county, and head of a county court district, in the parts of Lindsey, north division of Yarborough wapentake, union of Glanford Brigg, rural deanery of Yarborough No. 1 archdeaconry of Stow, and diocese of Lincoln, distant 10 miles north-east from Brigg, and 20 north-west from Grimsby, 6 south-west from Hull by water, 34 north from Lincoln, and 165 from London.
A branch of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway runs to New Holland station and communication is had thence by steamboats to Hull; there are also horse and cattle boats to Hull and Hessle.
There are two churches in this town - St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s. The following remarks are collected from Rickman’s work on Architecture. He names but two churches in England as of (almost) undoubted Saxon origin - St. Peter’s in Barton and Clapham in Bedfordshire. Refer-ring to the former, after an elaborate description of the tower, he remarks “All this arrangement is so different from Norman work that there seems a probability it may be real Saxon.” St. Peter’s the mother church, is a spacious building in the Early English or Decorated style, with a tower at the west end, containing a clock and 6 bells: the lower part of the tower is of the Anglo-Saxon period, and the upper part Norman, and the church attached is of the reign of Richard II; the tower is 97ft high and 18ft square: the church consists of a chancel and vestry, nave, aisles, north and south porches, and contains sittings for 760 persons: in the east window are two figures in stained glass, one representing a crusader and the other a pilgrim: the style of the armour depicted is of the time of Edward II: there is also a stained window in memory of Mr. Marriott, 1842, one in the chancel to the Rev. George Uppleby (late vicar), 1856 and one in the south aisle to Mr. Lunn, 1862: on the floor are several ancient brasses, one to Robert Barnetby, 1440, one to William Garton, 1505, and one to Edward Trippe, 1619: the oldest of the six bells is dated 1666; the sixth has this inscription – “Our sounding is, each man to call
To serve the Lord, both great and small.”
The clock, presented by the late Miss Tombleson, was placed in the tower in November 1852, at a cost of £120.
The church of St. Mary stands within 150 yards of St. Peter’s and is principally a Norman building, with an Early English tower and 4 bells, and consists of a chancel, nave, south porch, a south aisle to the chancel, called St. James’s aisle, and a vestry, and has a very early Decorated inlaid figure, inscribed to Simon Seman, bearing the date of 1433. The oldest of the four bells was cast in 1666; the second bell has this inscription – “ My roaring loud doth warning give that men cannot always live;”


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