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A New Chapter for Bardney Hall

The warm spring sunshine catches the gold lettering of “Bardney Hall” on the wrought iron gates that mark the entrance to this historic and beautiful house in Barton-upon-Humber writes Jo Marwood.  Bardney Hall is a Grade II listed Queen Anne house, and boasts a number of fine architectural features, frills and follies indicative of the town’s growing prosperity during the 18th century.

DSC_0034Originally built as a private residence for William Gildas in the early 1700s, Bardney Hall now offers boutique bed and breakfast accommodation.  It is partially concealed from Whitecross Street by evergreen shrubbery, but once inside the grounds it is hard not to be seduced by the spectacular facade, expertly-landscaped gardens and sumptuous decor on offer.

The Hall stands on the site of Bardney Abbey rectory, the Lincolnshire monastery that owned much of the town during the Middle Ages.  There is rumoured to be an existing secret passage to Thornton Abbey located somewhere here, an exciting prospect for those with an appetite for adventure, although wandering through the grounds has so far proved fruitless.  What does remain of the simpler monastic life is a peaceful silence once you step from the bustle of the Barton streets up the sweeping gravel driveway.

DSC_0031The luxurious decor and furnishings only serve to emphasise and celebrate the historical features inside Bardney Hall.  Sliding sash windows with original shutters and cushioned window seats overlook the gardener tending the fruit trees, whilst painted panelling, solid beams and fireplaces adorn almost every room.  The bedrooms boast four-poster beds with elaborate silk and velvet drapes, but the bathrooms are thankfully a far cry from those installed in the 18th century!  The property now intermingles an appreciation of its history with a welcome influx of ultra-modern and stylish interior design.

DSC_0038Taking a stroll through the grounds, the black and white timber structure of The Old Mill in the Market Place, originally known as Kings Garth Mill, is visible from the walled garden.  Although the original owners of Bardney Hall would not have benefitted from the view themselves, as the mill was not built until 1803, this glimpse of past industry effectively connects the grandeur of Bardney Hall to other important buildings that shape the heritage of Barton.

Unlike some listed buildings that sit unused and unappreciated in the English countryside, Bardney Hall has firmly established itself in the hearts of Barton residents and visitors.  Now a location for weddings and events, or simply a comfortable weekend retreat and base to explore the other treasures of the town, Bardney Hall is more than just a bed and breakfast.  It is a celebration of grandeur, of history, and of a residence that has been nurtured and loved for hundreds of years.


The Queen Street Primitive Methodist Chapel’s 150th Anniversary

In April 1867, the first stone was laid in the construction of an impressive new chapel for the Primitive Methodist movement on Queen Street in Barton-upon-Humber as the local movement needed to re- house their rapidly growing congregation in the area.

By the 1860s Primitive Methodism was already a well-established and well represented movement in the local area and a part of life in Barton. The local movement had grown from a handful of people to hundreds and had already outgrown two chapels in the area since the early 19th  century – the first on the site of Central Surgery on King Street, and the second on Newport that was overcrowded and the congregation needed a larger place to call home.

The answer was a large new building towards the southern end of Queen Street with room for 600 worshippers.  The chapel was designed by Hull architect Joseph Wright, after whom it is now named.  He was a prodigious pupil of the well-recognised Cuthbert Brodrick, also from Hull, who was himself designer of Leeds Town Hall and other important buildings in the city as well as Scarborough’s  landmark Grand Hotel.

Perhaps it is unsurprising then that Mr. Wright produced a building, at a cost of £1500,  that was truly impressive for the Primitive Methodists. The building is imposing without too much pomp.  Constructed in red brick with stone pillars, arched windows and patterned brick frontage adding to its attractiveness, it stands out even among the range of striking historic buildings around the Queen Street and High Street areas.

Beyond Barton, it stands as a reminder of the understated beauty of 19th century Methodist architecture, combined with a little of the more outright grandeur of Joseph Wright’s work.

One hundred and fifty years later the Grade II listed building, now known as the Joseph Wright Hall in recognition of its architect,  is still impressive and  continues to be source of much pride and enjoyment.

Nowadays it is in use as a performing arts and concert venue while still the temporary home of the Barton Corps of The Salvation Army until it moves into purpose-built premises on Tofts Road.  Guests are treated not just to a great show on the stage, but also to a historically accurate recreation of much of the chapel’s interior.

So next time you’re there watching a story being played out on stage, think about how many stories the building itself could tell.


Behind the doors at The Ropewalk

What was once Hall’s Barton Ropery, a busy and thriving rope making factory, is now home to The Ropewalk. This impressive quarter-mile long Grade II listed building proudly celebrates art, craft and heritage with regularly-changing exhibitions, an Accredited Museum, artists’ studios and more. Continue reading »

Get the champagne corks popping – it’s Barton Arts 20th anniversary season!

Barton Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary in some style this year.

Tickets go on general sale on Monday (April 10) and art lovers in town and further afield are spoilt for choice with events ranging from Clare Teal returning to the town to celebrate Doris Day to poet John Hegley turning his poetic genius and silliness to an interactive family show. Continue reading »

The History of Tile Making in Barton

Have you ever looked out of an airplane window at the houses below and thought of home?   Maybe on your way to a long business trip you have wished to be back there.  Well if you come from Barton-upon-Humber, the chances are that home is closer than you think, or at least a part of it.   The chances are that a lot of those roofs you see turning the landscape into a weave of dusky reds and coal blacks below you come from just down the road at one of Barton’s tile works.  Well … the dusky red ones at least. Continue reading »

Barton-upon-Humber’s Victorian History Walk – An Illustrated Guide

It _IGP2492is perhaps not surprising that the parts of Barton with the most vivid histories behind them are the parts which today bustle with life and interest. The Victorian Walk designed by the Barton-upon-Humber Civic Society and made even more interactive by the town’s new Hidden History App takes you through some of the most attractive and lively parts of Barton.  It takes walkers from the Market Place, to the High Street and back again, as well as showing you some of the places with the greatest stories to tell going back to the 19th century. Continue reading »

Barton’s Hidden History – Family Activity Walk

 Saturday 22 April, 10am-12.30pm, FREE – starting at the Wilderspin National School Museum

Wondering what to do with the children this Easter holiday? Maybe you’re just a little bored yourself and you’re looking for something interesting and a little bit different to do with the family? Continue reading »

The Barton Spring Clean

Like the Bat Signal blazing in the night, a call has gone out around Barton-upon-Humber. This town needs heroes to fight grime. Where Batman fought the likes of The Joker and The Riddler, our heroes need to be prepared to fight a much more insidious enemy: the litter that brings down every town. Continue reading »

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