Emma Barton

Emma Barton

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Emma Rayson was born in Birmingham in 1872. The daughter of a railway porter, Emma married George Barton, a solicitor and over the next few years had five children.

Emma took up photography in the early 1890s and became a member of the Birmingham Photographic Society. In 1903 the Royal Photographic Society awarded her a medal for her photograph, The Awakening. Her work appeared in exhibitions in Britain, Europe and the United States and became known for her experiments with the autochrome colour process. Emma Barton died on the Isle of Wight in 1938.

Clara Barton

Clara Barton is one of the most-recognized heroes of the American Civil War. She began her illustrious career as an educator but found her true calling tending wounded soldiers on and off bloody Civil War battlefields. When the war ended, Barton worked to identify missing and deceased soldiers, and eventually founded the American Red Cross. Her life was dedicated to the care of others, and Barton had a crucial and long-lasting impact on caregiving and disaster relief in America and throughout the world.

After Finn tracked down Emma in January 2015, Emma visited the village and asked around as to where Moira Barton lived. Emma then visited her at Butlers Farm. She promised to take revenge on her for destroying her marriage to James over 20 years before. It was later revealed that Emma tried to kill young Ross when he was very young. She had tried to smother him. One time Emma was watching her nephew Adam Barton doing works and when no one was looking, she swapped the sign saying "scrap" on a car with a good car, meaning Aaron Livesy stripped down the wrong car.

In 2016 Emma started to pretend she was sick, and maybe had Motor Neurone Disease. She heard that Dr Jermaine Bailey had been seeing Belle Dingle so blackmailed him into saying she was dying or she would tell Cain Dingle.

In October 2016, Emma and James, now back together, were moving into Wylie's Farm but she found out that he was seeing Moira Dingle, recently seperated from husband Cain. Emma held James captive at Wylie's farm by drugging his food with morphine.


Since 2016, Emma began a downward spiral, having pushed husband James Barton off a bridge during the Hotten Bypass Crash which resulted in his death. In the days leading up to her death, Emma's murderous past was beginning to catch up with her. On 2nd October 2017, during an altercation with Moira Dingle in a farm barn, Emma confessed to pushing James off the bridge and a fight between the two ensued. The barn caught fire, causing Moira to go into unexpected labour, whilst Emma identified it as a sign that Moira should in fact die due to her historic infidelity. However, upon being convinced the baby was Emma's son Pete Barton's, Emma instead opted to help Moira out of the barn, which exploded shortly after.

Adam and Victoria Barton noticed the blaze whilst driving and subsequently found Moira, heavily bleeding with her newborn baby beside her. A chase ensued into the forest, as Adam went looking for Emma with a shotgun. Emma found the shotgun in the forest, seemingly abandoned, and in the confusion, unknowingly shot her youngest son, Finn Barton who had similarly gone looking for her.

The murder

Before her death, Emma found out via her car's radio that Finn Barton had died. Finn was accidentally shot by Emma the night before. After hearing this, Emma stood on top of the Viaduct, and it was presumed that she jumped off, resulting in her death.

The following day, Finn was found near the forest by Harriet Finch and Cain Dingle, barely conscious and later dying in hospital. Emma, driving a rental car, learned of Finn's death on the radio. By this stage, Emma was mentally unstable and kidnapped Moira's baby from the hospital to raise herself, though was convinced by a hallucination of James to "do the right thing". Opting for suicide, Emma drove to the Hotten Viaduct to contemplate her fate she was shortly after seen falling from the bridge, but it was unclear if she jumped or was pushed. A flashback revealed that Ross Barton had found Emma dead but he ran off.

On 12th October 2017, Finn's funeral was interrupted by police, who disclosed new evidence which suggested Emma may have been pushed, with a post-mortem examination collaborating this theory.


Emmerdale confirmed a "whodunnit" style storyline would unfold. The primary suspects were listed as:

  • Pete & Ross Barton - Emma's oldest sons had motive to want her dead due to her murdering their father James and accidentally killing their younger brother, Finn.
  • Cain Dingle - Cain's motive was Emma's constant interference and looking down upon his family and his life.
  • Moira Dingle & Adam Barton - Mother and son Moira and Adam's motive's to want Emma dead was due to Emma attempting to murder Moira just before the unforeseen birth of Moira's son Issac as well as her subsequent kidnapping of Isaac.
  • Gabby & Laurel Thomas - Gabby and stepmother Laurel's motives were Emma's emotional torment towards Gabby's late dementia-suffering father Ashley Thomas.


Moira had cleared Cain's name, however, Cain then began to act very shifty. Moira had abandoned her and Cain's son at the hospital, which she confessed this to Cain's mother, Faith Dingle. Pete began to suspect Gabby, which brought her to tears, but she didn't keep her motive a secret. Gabby's stepmother, Laurel, claimed to be visiting her sister Caroline Swann and returned to the village when Emma died. However, her statement was false and she convinced Bob Hope to be her alibi. DS Benton arrested and questioned Gabby but she teared up. Benton suggested that Gabby killed Emma, but by accident.

A series of flashbacks showed several suspects whereabouts before Emma's death. Moira - Moira was driving at the viaduct before Emma jumped. Pete - Pete was arguing with Emma. Ross - Ross was seen pining Emma against a car door. Laurel - Emma drove by Laurel at high-speed. Cain - Cain was seen driving to the viaduct with a metal pole in his car. Adam - Adam was at home reading Emma's suicide note.

On 14th December 2017 - the day of Emma's funeral - a series of flashbacks revealed several suspects whereabouts before Emma's death. Moira - Moira was driving at the viaduct before Emma jumped. Pete - Pete was arguing with Emma. Ross - Ross was seen pining Emma against a car door. Laurel - Emma drove by Laurel at high-speed. Cain - Cain was seen driving to the viaduct with a metal pole in his car. Adam - Adam was at home reading Emma's suicide note.

As Ross drives out the village, he sees Emma getting in her rental car, dragging her into his car and driving off to a viaduct. Emma thinks Ross is going to push her but he leaves her to deal with her problems in her own way. As Moira drives she notices Emma on the viaduct and heads up. Emma starts talking about and insulting her daughter Holly Barton, saying she would still be alive if had Moira done more to stop her heroin addiction, forcing a reaction from Moira, who pushes her.

Casting back to present day, Moira explains that she cannot undo her actions because it was impossible and confesses to Cain that she killed Emma. Ross revealed that he hoped Emma had gone back on the run after finding nobody at the viaduct but regrets not leaving her as she might have been able to stop her.

On 21st December 2017, Moira confesses to the police that she killed Emma. However, when Adam discovers this, he makes a false confession. Adam is taken back to his cell and Moira is released. On 2nd January 2018, Cain and Aaron Dingle, breaks Adam out of a prison van and flee the country. Months later, after Adam's wife Victoria Barton found out that it was Moira that caused Emma's death, Victoria called her "the devil".

Barton, Emma (1872–1938)

British photographer. Name variations: Mrs. G.A. Barton. Born Emma Rayson in Birmingham, England, in 1872 died at Isle of Wight, England, in 1938 daughter of a railway porter married George Albert Barton children: three daughters, two sons.

Highly regarded for her portraits and allegorical studies, Emma Barton probably became interested in photography in the 1890s while taking pictures of her children. Most of her work was done in and around her own house in Birmingham, England. Barton began exhibiting in approximately 1901 and was represented in competitions and exhibitions in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Her work was also published in a number of magazines. Her well-known photograph The Awakening received a medal at the 1903 Royal Photographic Society exhibition, and it appeared in the British section of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904. In 1929, Barton took up residence on the Isle of Wight, where she died nine years later, in 1938.

Barbara Morgan , Melrose, Massachusetts

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Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group

When their new house on the Four Oaks Park Estate was being planned, George and Emma Barton specified that it should include a dark room. Emma had already begun taking pictures when they lived at The Grove, Wishaw, and by the time they moved in to their new house with their four young children in 1900, she was already making a name for herself as a photographer. The new dark room must have been a put to good use, since in 1903 Emma Barton was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Medal, the most prestigious award in the world for photography.

Emma was the eldest of six children born to Ambrose and Elizabeth Rayson in their back-to-back house in Aston. They moved to Camp Hill, Emma left school in 1884 at the age of twelve, and her father died the next year. She took a job as a clerk, and moved to Deritend in 1891 after her mother remarried, where they lived next door to a photographic studio. This is when she learned all about photography, and also when she went to live with George Barton and start a family.

In 1900 art photography was in vogue, and Emma Barton excelled in photographs of models imitating the pose and costume of Old Master paintings - her photograph &ldquoAlma Mater&rdquo which won her the medal shows a mother and child with a halo effect. This phase continued, her autochrome picture of 1911 &ldquothe Blue Bonnet&rdquo has echoes of the famous painting of Whistler&rsquos mother.

The Bartons lived at their new house, &ldquoRosegate&rdquo, 21, Hartopp Road, for sixteen years. Not having a studio, she used various parts of the house and garden with backdrops of her own making. In the garden, she &ldquomassed together countless flowers with all the varieties of roses she has been able to find&rdquo, and she kept part of the garden secret where she grew plants which were to feature in future photos.

A major exhibition of Emma Barton&rsquos photographs was held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1995, celebrating the twenty years at the beginning of the century when she was the leading pictorial photographer of her day. Two years later a blue plaque commemorating her was unveiled by Sutton Civic Society at the house in Hartopp Road, the first blue plaque in Sutton Coldfield.

&ldquoThe Blue Bonnet&rdquo - photograph by Emma Barton. Rosegate, 21 Hartopp Road, the house built for George and Emma Barton.

Every effort has been made to trace all copyright holders, but if any have been inadvertently overlooked the Group will be pleased to remedy any omission at the first opportunity. The Group acknowledges the assistance of Sutton Coldfield Reference Library in providing access to documents and for permission to include photographs from their archives, on this site.

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Emma Barton's early pictures mostly show children and religious subjects. In general, she was modeled on her own children, her maid, and herself.

Her religiously motivated pictures of the subject Madonna and Child are among the most emotionally expressive pictures of the mother of five.

In this respect, among other things, the picture Alma Mater , a self-portrait in the style of the Old Masters with her youngest son Cecil (born 1901), takes up the motif of Mary breastfeeding Christ . This was first presented to the public at the Birmingham exhibition in 1902. The self-portrayal as the Mother of God with a halo was not without controversy, it was questioned by the contemporary critic Anthony Guest as "quite daring".

For her picture The Awakening , she was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom in 1903. According to her own statement, she wanted to show the moment a child woke up in the arms of his mother in the picture without a rigid pose, she had already succeeded in doing this on the first attempt.

In addition to Pre-Raphaelite style elements, Emma Barton also used those from the Old Masters or the Arts and Crafts Movement, which was strong in her hometown of Birmingham . For portraits or her "Window Photographs", that is, pictures taken in front of a bright window (such as the An Indoor Group showing her children and herself ), she used the so-called Rembrandt-, which is recommended at the time for the advantageous portrayal of women with full necks and chins. Effect. For this purpose, the main light source was positioned behind the person to be depicted and the face in the shadow was brightened by means of a reflector. She painted the backgrounds for studio recordings herself.

Deviating from the early recordings characterized by an intimate motherly love, she later also made individual portraits of women in which a feeling of lack of love is immanent (e.g. My Sweet Highland Mary (1911) or There Was a Knight Came Riding By ( 1920)).

Emma Barton also used the possibilities of early color photography, the autochrome process. The passionate garden lover took both colored outdoor shots in lush, horticultural surroundings, with a certain melancholy effect, as well as minimalist conceptualized studio shots with an exemplary balance of light, colors and clear, simple shapes, for example in the picture The Blue Turban (1911) .

Emma Barton signed most of her pictures with Mrs. GA Barton , using her husband's initials.

What is Emma Barton best known for?

Emma’s best known for playing Honey Mitchell on EastEnders from 2005 – 2008, and again from 2014 onwards.

She’s also done a fair share of stage work, appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk in the Devonshire Park Theatre after leaving the soap in 2009.

Later the same year, she played the lead role of Roxie Hart in Chicago.

In fact she has been previously approached by Strictly producers to join the dance competition however thought she was over-experienced due to working on the musical.

The 42-year-old also played Dolly in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors in 2014, as well as Tinkerbell in a Crawley Hawth Theatre production of Peter Pan.

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