Place:Great Hatfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameGreat Hatfield
Alt namesHaiefeltsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
Haifeldsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
Haifeltsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 307
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.852°N 0.186°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1935)
Also located inYorkshire, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoSigglesthorne, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Holderness Wapentake, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandwapentake in which the parish was located
Hatfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandparish to which it was transferred in 1935
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source: Family History Library Catalog
NOTE: As well as Hatfield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, there is a second one in the West Riding and a very large town named Hatfield in the county of Hertfordshire.

Name of parish Great Hatfield Image:ERYHoldernessWapentake60.png
Type of place township, civil parish
Ancient parishSigglesthorne
First Rural District Skirlaugh Rural District (1894-1935)
Parish to which it transferred Hatfield
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Great Hatfield is now a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, in an area known as Holderness. It is situated approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southwest of Hornsea town centre, and less than 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Little Hatfield.

The village was a civil parish until 1935, when it was merged with the parishes of Goxhill and Little Hatfield to form the parish of Hatfield.

In 1823 the township of Great Hatfield was split between the parishes of Mappleton and Sigglesthorne, and in the Wapentake and Liberty of Holderness. An "ancient stone cross of exquisite workmanship" was recorded at the village centre. Population at the time was 127, with occupations including ten farmers, a grocer, a tailor, and a shoemaker. A carrier operated between the village and Hull once a week.

Great Hatfield was served from 1864 to 1964 by Sigglesthorne railway station on the Hull and Hornsea Railway.

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Great Hatfield was originally a township in the ecclesiastical parishes of Mappleton and Sigglesthorne in the Holderness Wapentake. It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it joined the Skirlaugh Rural District. In 1935 it ceased to be an independent civil parish and became part of the newly-formed parish of Hatfield.

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This is an area of the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the east coast of England. An area of rich agricultural land, Holderness was marshland until it was drained in the Middle Ages. Topographically, Holderness has more in common with the Netherlands than other parts of Yorkshire. To the north and west are the Yorkshire Wolds. The Prime Meridian passes through Holderness just to the east of Patrington.

From 1974 to 1996 Holderness lay within the Borough of Holderness in the short-lived county of Humberside. Holderness was the name of an ancient administrative area called a wapentake until the 19th century, when its functions were replaced by other local government bodies, particularly after the 1888 Local Government Act and the 1894 Local Government Act. The city of Kingston upon Hull lies in the southwest corner of Holderness and the town of Bridlington borders the northeast, but both are usually considered to be outside Holderness. The main towns include Beverley, Withernsea, Hornsea and Hedon. The Holderness Coast stretches from Flamborough Head to Spurn Head.
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