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The ‘Big Daddy‘ of Bike Nights

After 20 years of burning rubber and shiniBBNng chrome, Barton’s annual Bike Night has become as much a part of the fabric that makes up Barton-upon-Humber as the town’s roads or houses. A gold star day in the diaries of bikers around Lincolnshire and beyond, the night draws more than 15,000 people to town from as far away as Holland and Cornwall to enjoy all things two wheeled.

In anticipation of this year’s Bike Night on Saturday, July 8, we talked to organiser, Barrie Newton about the history, the memories, and the excitement behind the event.  He didn’t mince his words.

“It’s the big one,” he told me.  “The others are all great and I go to many of them, but it’s the big daddy of them all.  It’s the biggest public show of bikes in the area and a meeting of bikers and like-minded people and a really big family friendly night.  It’s exceptional that the town accommodates Bike Night. No other town can accommodate Bike Night how Barton can. It’s a right proper community event.”

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The Sounds of the Humber – from concrete to opera

Photo credit: David Lund Photo credit: David Lund

The gentle hum of traffic crossing the Humber Bridge has provided a backdrop to the lapping of water, chirruping of wading birds and wind tickling the rushes since it first opened to traffic 36 years ago tomorrow, and this year marks 40 years since the cable spinning began to connect those two iconic towers writes Jo Marwood.

From the first “Humber Bridge Act” of 1959, to the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 1981, residents on both sides of the Humber closely observed its construction as the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world.  Indeed, the Humber Bridge enjoyed this accolade for 17 years, until Japan’s Akashi Kaiky? Bridge opened in April 1998. Continue reading »

Sue Wilsea on The Fathom Writers’ Showcase and the Local Literary Scene

Next Wednesday at 7.30pm, local writers of all levels, ages and backgrounds will be reading their work to the people of Barton in the Ropery Hall bar.  This is all down to the Fathom Writers’ Showcase, a free event organised by Sue Wilsea so that her students can unveil their work to the public.

Past Forward project worker Jamie Smith spoke to Sue about the showcase. Continue reading »

A Big Thank You on National Volunteers’ Week

This volunteers-week-logo-2017National Volunteers’ Week, we want to say thank you to all the volunteers who keep Barton-upon-Humber’s heritage and history institutions running, as well as all of the others who give up their time to keep our town alive and colourful.  Without these people, Barton’s rich and interesting past would remain hidden. From museums like Baysgarth House and the Wilderspin National School, to natural and cultural sites like the Far Ings National Nature Reserve and The Ropewalk, much of our town’s heritage is kept alive by such volunteers.

So, what does volunteering in Barton involve?  In Barton’s museums, volunteers do a great job while meeting all kinds of new people, greeting visitors at reception, showing them around, installing new exhibitions, hosting a range of special events, and really becoming a part of the museum community. Continue reading »

Rex Russell Exhibition at Baysgarth House Museum

Baysgarth House Museum has dedicated its latest exhibition to local historian and educator Rex Russell, who is known to have revived archaeology and historical study in the Barton area over the second half of the twentieth century.

The exhibition sums up the life, work and discoveries of one of Barton’s most interesting characters and one of its most prolific scholars stimulatingly and thoroughly. The exhibition is elementary enough and interesting enough to engage those who are unfamiliar with the man and his work, while still having the depth to arouse interest in those who are more au fait with him. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

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 »

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Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380

Email: btp@the-ropewalk.co.uk