Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tuesday 23rd February, 2016.

The purpose of the Monday night WEA short course currently in Barrow is to edit and collate the historical notes of the late Dora Borrill, a local activist, teacher and historian. Unfortunately her ‘jottings’ were so disorganised that, in their present form, they are not accessible. Members of the class are willing to read the mass of jottings, collate them by taking a few topics each, and write them up by rejecting speculative and assumed information but recording information of value. It is intended to publish the completed work – I suggested the title ‘A Dora Borrill Miscellany’, but that may change. Such a project really needs more time than allowed by a six-weeks course but the students are working hard at home as well as in class.

Sunday 21st February, 2016.

One of the main purposes of this website is for it to be a platform for my researches and articles. To this end I am going to list the articles already uploaded (as pdfs), completed articles soon to be uploaded and articles in progress and to then be uploaded.

Articles already uploaded (see Publications);

Landmarks and Beacons (Churches of the Humber Estuary, their history and function as medieval and early modern aids to navigation). 87 pages, 22014 words, 62 illustrations, appendix and bibliography.

Family Studies 1, Doris Clarke, a life. 13 pages, 3412 words and 10 illustrations.

Family Studies 2, The Old Post Office, Boughton, Norfolk. 6 pages, 1580 words and 3 illustrations.

Completed articles soon to be uploaded;

Family studies 3, Sidney Walter Clarke, 1899-1987. 24 pages, 3716 words, 9 illustrations and 13 Great War records reproduced with notes.

Family Studies 4, The family tree of Richard Sidney Clarke, 1948-. 14 pages, 4654 words and 4 illustrations in appendix.

A 20th century source of evidence on 19th century housing styles and provision. Case study of Barton on Humber. 26 pages, 5760 words and 21 illustrations.

Barton on Humber Bibliography.

A study of the historical context of burial, cremation and the development of civil cemeteries – with particular reference to Barton on Humber. 40 pages, 10671 words, 24 illustrations and a bibliography.

A simplified study of the geology of the Humberside region and some examples of its impact on the region’s social and economic history. 51 pages, 11258 words, 35 illustrations and a bibliography.

A history of Hessle Common (now south-west Hull). 34 pages, 10198 words and 17 illustrations. (Originally four separate articles).

Hull in the Beginning – the history of the lower alley prior to Hull becoming a royal borough. 36 pages, 10971 words, 15 illustrations and 2 bibliographies.

The south Humber coastal lowlands – A landscape interpretation. 12 pages,4210 words, 7 illustrations and a short bibliography.

Some elements of the landscape history of the five ‘Low Villages’, North Lincolnshire. 58 pages,10915 words and 45 illustrations. (Originally 12 separate articles).

A collection of articles produced for past issues of Barton Civic Society’s annual Newsletter – ‘Eagle House’, ‘The Corn Exchange’, Flooding 2013′ ‘Allotments’, ‘The Old Ferry-Boat House’, ‘Barton Vestry minutes’ and others.

Articles yet to be completed before being uploaded;

Steeples in a landscape – prominent church steeples in the medieval landscape of the north Lincolnshire ‘Marsh’.

History of Suffolk Palace, Hull.

History of Hull’s parks, cemeteries and open spaces.

History of Barton’s public buildings.

A general work on reclamation, embanking and erosion across the coastal lowlands of Humberside.

Barrow on Humber bibliography.



Saturday 20th February, 2016.

Currently tutoring a W.E.A. class at Barrow on Monday evenings. Will update after second session on 22nd.

On Thursday evening 31st March 2016 giving a talk to Barton and District History Group on the history of Barton’s early 20th century cement works. All welcome.

Have more articles to upload as pdfs but for the moment lacking the know-how (not for the first time).

19th February, 2016.

Last Wednesday I joined a meeting of the ‘Lincolnshire Blow Wells Group’ held at the Wilderspin School site in Barton. Having been invited by Alan Jones of the Humber Nature Partnership to join the meeting I found it very informative and was able to make a modest contribution. One item on the agenda was a presentation by John French on the works being currently undertaken at Beck Hill in Barton to enhance the local ‘blow well’.

Fortunately for me early in the meeting the distinction between a ‘blow well’ and a spring was made clear. The latter emerges at the junction between a dipping strata of porous rock and a horizontal over-burden of impermeable rock and soil. Many settlements in Humberside are spring-line settlements as early colonists found in these locations a supply of clean fresh water, one of their most basic needs. Spring-line settlements occur along the base of both the scarp and dip slopes of the Lincolnshire Wolds and Lincoln Edge south of the Humber. On the north bank settlements li along the base of the scarp slope of the limestone escarpment and, to an extent, along the base of the dip slope of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Blow wells, however, are artesian springs found in the low-lying coastal margins of North and North-East Lincolnshire.  They are thought to be unique to this area of the U.K. In places ground water rom the porous bedrock (chalk) under pressure finds a way through the overlying post-glacial clays to emerge as a pool (sometimes ‘bubbling’) on the surface of the coastal lowlands (often referred to as the ‘Marsh’). There are three surviving blow wells in Barton parish at Far Ings, Beck Hill and on land just north of the large Wren Kitchens factory. Barrow Blow Wells complex is a fascinating series of pools amongst natural wetland woodland, it being a nature reserve administered by the Lincolnshire Trust (visitor centre off Far Ings Lane). Further south are other blow wells at Stallingborough, Tetney and elsewhere.

Thursday 18th February 2016.

My blog starts here. Getting this website up-and-running has not been easy, indeed it is not yet complete as many of my articles/studies remain to be converted to pdfs these being the main platform for my researches.

I wish to record my appreciation of the help and advice so far given in the creation of this project to the following;

Richard Hatfield, Director of the Ropewalk arts and entertainment centre, Maltkiln Lane, Barton on Humber, North Lincs.,

Ryan Tyson of RTS Computers, Chapel Lane, Barton on Humber, North Lincs. – assistance ongoing,

Carol Kerry-Green of CKG Genealogy, Hull – particularly with regard to Family Studies 3 and 4.