Last updated November 17, 2019

Burnham near Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire

John and Barbara

From Leeds we headed east in, you guessed it, rain, patchy fog and darkness. Our refuge for this whirlwind day, was a little bit of almost nowhere known as Burnham near Barton on Humber. Burnham is a tiny hamlet, so small that it appears no one even maintains a website for it. You'll just have to trust us, it does exist and we were there!

We stayed overnight with a charming couple, John and Barbara, in their unique two houses in one. Originally a pair of semi-detached houses (read duplex in the US) that have been nicely converted into one large dwelling. John and Barbara are also motor-homers and have had one or two previous exchange experiences thus the purpose of our visit. We talked about their prior exchanges and discussed the prospect and timing for a possible US exchange. We were thoroughly spoiled during our brief stay being fed well, provided with a comfortable bedroom and taken on a guided tour of the locality.

One stopping point on the tour was the view area for the Humber Bridge that runs north out of Barton on Humber, across the Humber River to Hull in Yorkshire. For several years, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world although it has since been surpassed by a couple of newer bridges elsewhere in the world. We came tantalizingly close to actually seeing the bridge but, due to the inclement weather which had dogged us for a week and a half, fog obscured everything except the very top of the southern tower. Click on the photo and you will be able to see this poking out of the fog about the center of the picture.

We were also taken to Thornton Abbey, or at least the remains of the gatehouse thereto. The original house was built in 1138 and was elevated to abbey status about 1148. Almost nothing but the ground plan survives of the original building. This forbidding gatehouse to the abbey was built in the late 1300s and, as can be seen, is fairly intact including some of the decorative detail. Click the link above for additional information on this eerie structure.


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