Barton Upon
Humber Civic Society

Welcome to the Barton upon Humber Civic Society website. In the following pages you will find more information about the activities of the Society and its values. You will also be able to keep up to date with latest news and events.

Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Barton Upon Humber


Barton Civic Society has been active in a number of areas supporting social and cultural initiatives including the provision of Heritage and Environmental projects.


Events, awards, wins, campaigns and community news across Barton upon Humber and surrounding locality. For all of our news click here.

Barton Haven plaque

The first known record of a ferry crossing the Humber estuary dates from 1315 when the Warden and Burgesses of Kingston upon Hull were granted a charter...


Posted on Aug 6, 2020

Historic Barton upon Humber

Barton upon Humber Civic Society in action. Members Andrew Robinson and John Womersley picked a hot day to do some bench maintenance. Society members get involved in a real variety of projects around the town from archiving Barton's history to tree planting. If you have some spare time and would like to get involved or just find out more email ... See MoreSee Less

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Posted on Jul 2, 2020

Historic Barton upon Humber

Another anniversary being celebrated this year is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the first Infant School ran by Samuel Wilderspin in Spitalfields, London and only the second of its kind to open in England.

In 1824 the Infant School Society was set up in 1824 and appointed Wilderspin “to
go into the country, at the request of any lady or gentleman, to open schools according to the method now in practice.”

Wilderspin travelled across the British Isles promoting infant schools for the Society until its demise in 1828 and then continued this work independently, promoting his system and school layout, and establishing some 2,000 schools, finishing in Barton with the opening of his Model School here in Barton in1845.

The Queen Street school, now the Wilderspin School Museum, is the only known surviving school built to his designs.
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The Ferry landing plaque at Barton Haven commemorates the ferry service that connected Barton to Hull for hundreds of years.

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