Aldbrough, East Riding of Yorkshire

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The Elm Tree public house, High Street
Aldbrough is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population1,269 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceTA242386
• London160 mi (260 km) S
Civil parish
  • Aldbrough
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHULL
Postcode districtHU11
Dialling code01964
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°49′44″N 0°06′48″W / 53.828945°N 0.113198°W / 53.828945; -0.113198Coordinates: 53°49′44″N 0°06′48″W / 53.828945°N 0.113198°W / 53.828945; -0.113198

Aldbrough is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, about 12 miles (19 km) north-east of Hull at the junction of the B1242 and B1238 roads. It lies near to the North Sea coast within the area of Holderness.

Civil parish[edit]

The civil parish is formed by the village of Aldbrough and the hamlets of East Newton, Etherdwick and Tansterne. According to the 2011 UK Census, Aldbrough parish had a population of 1,269,[1] a fall from the 2001 UK Census figure of 1,336;[2] the parish covers an area of 2,213.298 hectares (5,469.18 acres).[3]

A hamlet at Ringbrough (or Ringborough) dates to at least the 11th century.[4] By the 1850s it had been reduced to a single farm,[5] it was substantially expanded as a military installation during the Second World War, with the installation of gun emplacements, lookouts, and underground bunkers.[6] As of 2011 it is being destroyed by coastal erosion.[7][8]

In 1823 Aldbrough was a parish in the Wapentake and Liberty of Holderness. Population, which included the townships of East and West Newton, numbered 998. Occupations included fourteen farmers, two blacksmiths, one of whom was a farrier, a joiner who was also an auctioneer, four wheelwrights, four grocers, five shoemakers, four tailors, two butchers, a hairdresser, a common brewer, and the landlords of The George and The Bricklayer's Arms public houses; also within the village were the parish vicar and the curate, three yeomen, two schoolmasters, two surgeons, a bailiff, an excise officer, a gentleman and a gentlewoman. Five carriers operated between Aldbrough and Hull twice weekly; the settlement of Fosham was 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-east, its population included in Aldbrough. Fosham contained two farmers, and a once a week carrier to Hull.[9] There is also a Deserted Medieval Village called Bewick in the parish.[10]


St Bartholemew's Church, Aldbrough

The Aldbrough Anglican parish church is dedicated to St Bartholomew. Dating from the second half of the 14th century, It is a Grade II* listed building.[11] On an interior wall (over a pillar of the south nave aisle) is a pre-conquest era sundial, bearing an inscription in mixed Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse: +VLF LET (?HET) AROERAN CYRICE FOR HANVM ⁊ FOR GVWARA SAVLA usually translated as "Ulf had this church built for his own sake and for Gunnvor's soul."[12]

Aldbrough has a public house and several small businesses within its boundaries, and is close to the seaside towns of Hornsea and Withernsea.


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Aldbrough Parish (1170211131)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Aldbrough Parish (1543504178)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ "2001 Census Area Profile" (PDF). East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ Aldbrough in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ Sheahan, J.J.; Whellan, T. (1856). "History of Holderness : Ringborough". History and topography of the city of York; the Ainsty wapentake; and the East riding of Yorkshire. 2. John Green (printers) (Beverley). p. 358. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  6. ^ Sanders, Ian. "Ringbrough". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  7. ^ Wood, Alexandra (6 August 2009). "The sea takes what the Nazis couldn't, as creeping coastal erosion eats away the east coast". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  8. ^ Sources:
  9. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. pp. 150, 207.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 81730". PastScape. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Bartholomew (1083529)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  12. ^ Page, R. I. (1971). Clemoes, Peter; Hughes, Kathleen (eds.). How long did the Scandinavian language survive in England? The epigraphical evidence. England before the Conquest: Studies in primary sources presented to Dorothy Whitelock. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 165–181.
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 3.

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