St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber



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In the care of English Heritage, this remarkable redundant church is a relic of Anglo Saxon builders, and became part of the modern blueprint to define the style of its age. Its tower and chancel date back to around AD 970, although some of the stonework was plundered from Roman sites and conveniently transported here along the Humber. The church was restructured and extended several times up to the end of the 16th century, and fell out of use in the 20th century. It now houses displays about archaeological findings from the excavation of some 3,000 graves on the site and what they have revealed about disease and medicine in earliest times.

St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber


  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheel chair access, ramp, handrail, chairs can be moved if required
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, Sat-Sun & BHs10-3 please see website for full details

About the area

Discover Lincolnshire

Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.


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