The Manor of Broughton is recorded in the Domesday Book and was held at different times by the Earl of Southampton, and the Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull. The current manor house is a Grade II* listed building, dating from the 18th century.
The 19th-century Baptist chapel has been closed for worship and sold for development.
The 2001 census recorded a parish population of 1,029. The village has a number of groups and clubs running for all ages and interests.
Near the village are many farms, including three sheep farms and one buffalo meat farm.