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Barton Heritage Open Days

September 10, 2017
Wilderspin National School
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Queen Street, Barton upon Humber, United Kingdom, DN18 5QP

St Peter’s Church

Open for Viewing and Guided Tours

This famous Anglo Saxon tower, and medieval nave and chancel are archaeological and architectural treasures.  Guides will be on hand and there is an exhibition of medieval life.   Admission is free by kind permission of English Heritage.

10am – 3pm with guided tours at 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm

Wilderspin National School Museum

Comic Capers – Desperate Dan at 80 with an appearance by Ken Harrison

Desperate Dan, the rootinest tootinest Wild Western desperado ever to be drawn, made his first appearance in the first issue of The Dandy in December 1937.  Come and share your memories of children’s comics to help celebrate his 80th birthday with the help of Ken Harrison!

10am – 4pm

Joseph Wright Hall

Open Building

This huge and ornate chapel was opened in 1867 and had seating for 600 people.  The Chapel was one of renowned architect, Joseph Wright’s most impressive buildings and is now one of his last surviving works. After substantial renovations and additions, most of the gallery, together with virtually all the beautiful windows and the ceiling and organ chamber arch plasterwork survive.  The first-floor gallery of this Grade II Listed Building is open for viewing with members of the Queen Street School Preservation Trust on hand to outline plans for its restoration and reuse.  Admission is free.

11am – 3pm

Baysgarth House Museum

The Life of the Wright Taylor Family

Join us to explore the life of the Wright Taylor family at Baysgarth House Museum through displays, trails, guided tours and more!  Trails from Thursday to Sunday, costumed interpretation, and tours Saturday and Sunday.  Refreshments and free parking available (subject to availability). See more on our website at

12pm – 4pm

Tyrwhitt Hall

Open for Viewing

A rare opportunity to see the medieval timber framed Great Hall.  The building is associated with Barton sculptor, singer, and choirmaster Philip Pape.  The guided tour, starting at 2pm and 3pm depending on numbers, lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Places may be limited so it is essential to book to avoid disappointment – telephone (01652) 635172.  Admission is free.  Last admission 3.30pm.

2pm -4pm

Pitman Puzzle – Pick up from The Ropewalk and Wilderspin National School Museum

Isaac Pitman developed the most widely used system of shorthand, now known as Pitman Shorthand 180 years ago while he was employed as teacher at the British School on Queen Street in Barton.  He developed his shorthand system while he was employed as teacher in Barton at the British School on Queen Street between 1832 and 1836 – practising while listening to sermons in the town’s churches and chapels. To mark the 120th anniversary of his death, grab a puzzle sheet from the Wilderspin Museum or The Ropewalk and find the Pitman Puzzles at a number of the venues taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.  Solve enough and you could win a prize.

The Ropewalk Children’s Quiz

A free children’s guide and quiz sheet about The Ropewalk’s history is available over the weekend to get children interested in the past and present of this unique building.





Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380