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Humber Bridge

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In Barton upon Humber you can visit the ruins of Thornton Abbey. The gatehouse survives and is open to visitors. This is where a skeleton sitting at a table was discovered in the 19 Century in a room that had its entrance bricked up. St. Peter's Church is one of the most studied Anglo Saxon churches in England. Baysgarth House was built in medieval times and is now a museum. Temple Belwood was located here. It no longer exists but it was associated with the Knights Templar. There are also two nature reserves in Barton upon Humber on the banks of the Humber Estuary.

Normanby Hall

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Near Scunthorpe is the 350 acre estate of Normanby Hall (picture above). Built around 1825, the mansion is now open to the public and the grounds are a County Park. In Scunthorpe is the North Lincolnshire Museum with archeology artifacts and social history displays.

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The Isle of Axholme is an area of several villages which at one time were surrounded by marshy ground before it was drained. Epworth was the birthplace of John Wesley, an early leader of the Methodist movement. His father was the rector of St. Andrew's Church (picture above) and it was here that John Wesley was baptised.

A settlement at the town of Crowle has existed since Neolithic times. Bronze Age and Roman artifacts have been found here. St. Oswald Church (picture below) which was built in 1150 is definetly worth a visit. It has what is known as the Crowle Stone which was part of a stone cross carved by the Anglo-Saxons.

St Oswalds Church Crowle

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The Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society offers trips on their two sailing ships on weekends during the summer. The keel Comrade and sloop Amy Howson are historic vessels designed to sail on the Humber Estuary and the rivers and canals of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. The boats are equipped with toilets, gallies, and life rafts. If you are interested in this kind of day outing, contact Dave Parker at 01482 703947 or Dave obinson at 01652 635288. Each ship can carry 12 passengers.

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