Excavations at St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber

H. E. M. Cool, Mark Bell, 2011

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Photograph of St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber

St Peter's Church at Barton-upon-Humber (TA 0347 2194) was declared redundant in 1972 and taken into public guardianship in 1978 by the then Department of Environment. Given that it had long been recognised that it had a late Saxon origin, a major programme of excavation and survey was instituted. This explored the church and its churchyard, and ran from 1978 to 1984 under the direction of Warwick Rodwell. The programme has meant that this is the most intensively studied and recorded parish church in the country. It also produced the largest collection of human remains ever excavated in the UK. The latter provide a unique insight into the population of a small, relatively isolated, market town over 900 years.

The results of the project are being published in two letterpress volumes with parts of volume 1 and the database constructed during the post excavation project available here. The database contains data from both volumes including full osteological information for all the burials. The summaries for both volumes are also available here as downloadable files.

Rodwell, W. with Atkins, C. 2011. St Peter's, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire - A Parish Church and its Community. Volume 1: History, Archaeology and Architecture, (Oxbow Books, Oxford).

Waldron, T. 2007. St Peter's, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire - A Parish Church and its Community. Volume 2: The Human Remains, (Oxbow Books, Oxford).

All the work has been funded by English Heritage and its predecessors. Any enquiries concerning access to the Church or to the archive should be addressed to

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