Barton Camp was founded by Redland Park`s first minister, Urijah Thomas, on land near Winscombe, at the foot of Crook Peak in the Mendips. It began by providing needy children with free breakfasts, halfpenny dinners, winter playrooms, boots, shoes and a holiday for a week in the country. Today the holiday is the remaining activity which is still carried on.
Thousands of Bristol children have benefited from the fresh air and healthy food, climbed to the top of Crook Peak, participated in rambles over the Mendips, and joined in sing songs and sports.
The camp has now been completely rebuilt and modernised, while the only old building retained is the chapel which is kept as a memorial to Urijah Thomas.