The Ancient Historic Town Explored

The majestic tower of Howden Minster is well-known to all who travel past on the M62, but how many take the time to visit what is probably Yorkshire's least appreciated small town? Howden, with its winding streets and narrow lanes, has a townscape of great character. The Minster and the neighbouring late 14th century manor house with its splendid former grounds are reminders of the town's links with the bishops of Durham. Throughout the town are fine Georgian and Victorian buildings reflecting a prosperity founded on the marketing and processing of agricultural produce and the renowned Howden Horse Fair.

Howden is a small market town in the north-east of England, until recently in the county of Humberside but after local government re-organisation returned to the county of the East Riding of Yorkshire: important for those who care about such things. It is a thriving town of almost 4000 people with an active commercial centre and important manufacturing and service industries in the town itself and on the outskirts. It boasts the main office of the Press Association 'PA Listings' company with an important presence on the internet.
If your require more information on the history of the town or a list of companies you can email us with your request. We can recommend the following:

HOWDEN EXPLORED A Guided Tour of the Townis available in its entirety on the web. Click here Arrow to go to it.

Based on the book Howden Explored by Dr. David Neave (Senior Lecturer in Regional and Local History at the University of Hull), published by Mr Pye (Books).

    • Howden Explored; a Guide to the Town and its Buildings, by David Neave. Mr.Pye(Books). 24page illustrated booklet. £3.50 post free U.K. A town trail following a key map around the centre of the town showing its important buildings and sites of interest.
    • Howden; an East Riding Market Town, by Susan Butler and Ken Powls. Gilberdyke Local History Group. Paperback, 140 pages with illustrations. Out of print A good general history of the town up to 1900.
    • History of the Church, Parish and Manor of Howden, by Thomas Clarke. Paperback, 88 pages with illustrations. A facsimile reprint of a book originally published in 1851. Now out of print