BARTON UPON HUMBER
A Town With A Past --- And A Future
 
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THE BANKS OF THE RIVER

 

The tides of the cold North Sea ebb and flow into and out of the river Humber where the clear blue water suddenly turns into what most locals call, "a mucky chock'let culler"
On the south bank of the Humber River there is a small town called New Holland.
New Holland's main claim to fame was that it was the jumping off point for many who wished to cross into Yorkshire and because the big city of Kingston-upon-Hull was only about a mile away they could do so by ferry boat.
Leeds and Bradford were also big cities but were too far away to be classed as convenient.
One could nip to Hull and be back the same afternoon for the price of a six penny ticket.
Well---- most days, there was the odd day when the tide was low and if the wind was wrong the Humber Ferry might just dig her nose into a sand bank, then it would be half a days wait until the tide came in again to float her off.

People of Barton-on-Humber wishing to go to Hull would take the train from Barton because the railway company had kindly laid a line from Barton to New Holland.
Another line went from New Holland to Grimsby, then from Grimsby to all points South.
To go North and on to Scotland from Barton one had to catch the ferry at new Holland and then on arriving at Hull catch a fast train which called at York, Thirsk, Darlington and so on to Glasgow or Edinbrough
But in the Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Brigg, Gainborough area some bright lads decided to run busses by road.
These likely lads decided to call their company, "Enterprise and Silver Dawn" The busses had a cream and choc brown colour scheme and most were double-deckers. There was another bus company that operated from Lincoln.
Their busses were single-deckers and were painted green and cream and were classed as Express busses.
I don't know why, because they all had to obey the road speed rules and legal notices.
To go by road to new Holland one could get on the bus in the Market Place and it would travel three miles to Barrow-on-Humber about three miles away.
From Barrow the bus would continue on to new Holland a further three miles.
But Barrow was inland by about one mile, this meant that if one wanted to walk to new Holland one could do so by walking on the river bank and it cut a couple of miles off

People would often walk along the Humber bank on a warm sunny afternoon and visit relatives of friends who lived near the Humber bank at Barrow Haven and indeed New Holland.
The path alongside the Humber was indeed a pleasant place to ramble during the day but at night time it could be a death trap for many.
So it was understood by most over the years that the Humber Bank path was a no no by night.
In olden days it had been frequented by footpads and vagabonds who would way lay any who were traveling alone.

But today there are deep pits full of water where the clay had been dug out to make bricks and tiles.
Also tides coming in and going out would nibble away at the coast line and some parts of the pathway were rebuilt or rerouted to avoid some of the potholes full of water when the tide came in.
If one went by train there was only one stop between Barton and New Holland and that was called Barrow Haven.
Barrow Haven was an inlet where barges would take shelter and tie up.

Part of a story by Tom Barker

 

 


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