Place:Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesDrifeldsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
Drifeltsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
Great Driffieldsource: Wikipedia
TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates54.017°N 0.433°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoHarthill Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which Great Driffield was located
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Driffield, also known as Great Driffield, is a market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The civil parish is formed by the town of Driffield and the village of Little Driffield.

According to the 2011 UK census, Driffield parish had a population of 13,080, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 11,477.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Driffield from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Driffield.-- par., East-Riding Yorkshire, 7600 ac., pop. 6323; contains Driffield, or Great Driffield, market town and township with ry. sta. (Driffield), 27 miles E. of York and 187 miles N. of London, 4814 ac., pop. 5937; P.O., [telegraph office], called Driffield, 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Thursday; is the capital of the Wolds, and communicates with Hull, 18 miles S., by a navigable canal. D. is situated in a rich agricultural district, and has considerable trade in corn and other agricultural produce; it has also some large flour-mills and bone-mills, and works for the mfr. of linseed-cake and artificial manures."

History and Geography

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Driffield lies in the Yorkshire Wolds, on the Driffield Navigation (canal), and near the source of the River Hull. Driffield lies on the A614, A166 and B1249, and on the Yorkshire Coast rail line from Scarborough to Hull. It is situated next to Little Driffield, where King Aldfrith of Northumbria was reputedly buried, and is also very close to Nafferton, Hutton Cranswick and Wansford. Driffield is named the Capital of the Wolds, mainly through virtue of its favourable location between Bridlington, Beverley and York.

The town is served by Driffield railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line.

Historically, Great Driffield was an ecclesiastical parish in the Harthill Wapentake.

In 1935 Great Driffield Urban District, which had been the local government organization since 1894, was abolished and replace by Driffield Urban District with a slight change to the group of civil parishes of which it was formed.

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Driffield (or Great Driffield). The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Great Driffield provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Driffield.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
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