A new Ropewalk contemporary arts and crafts centre recently opened in Barton-on-Humber. Situated parallel to the straight road down to the Humber Bank, on the new Proudfoot supermarket site, Ropewalk contains two galleries, artists' studios, a print room, black and white photography dark room, a picture framing service, a lecture room, music rehearsal space and a heritage display.
The display goes up and down part of the long ropery. On one side is a history of the ropery and on the other a history of brickmaking.
The original ropery was developed by John Hall (1775-1863) and John Hall and Co. supplied his ships, the Wilson Shipping Line, and trawlers on the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast. The Ropery used flax and hemp but transferred to nylon and polypropelyne. It was taken over in 1986 only to be closed in 1989. It is said that the third of a mile long ropery has the longest pantile roof in England.
Pantiles were made at the still functioning Blyths Tileyard, the last of fifteen establishments producing bricks and tiles. The yards contained workers' cottages and in Barton two still exist at the tileyard.
Other establishements in this area known as Waterside at times included a chemical works, malt kilns, a wireworks, shipbuilding and repairs, a gas works and whiting manufacture.