Howdenshire History

Local History Books: Howden, East Yorkshire

Howden, a pictorial history

By Susan Butler. Paperback, published November 2012, £10.50 per copy.

Available to buy online - prices shown below include postage costs.





See below for alternative ways to buy.


Back Cover Text

"The town of Howden is one of Yorkshire’s hidden treasures. Many of its buildings date from the Georgian period and the medieval church dominates the flat landscape for miles around.

"This book illustrates the history of Howden using around 90 old photographs, most of which are previously unpublished. The accompanying text tells the story of Howden’s people and buildings and includes many reminiscences from local residents."


Click the thumbnails below to view large versions of a sample page from the book and also the back cover:

Sample page from Howden, a pictorial history by Susan Butler       Back cover of Howden, a pictorial history by Susan Butler



Below you can find an overview of the contents of "Howden, a pictorial history". Each topic is illustrated by several beautiful old photographs of the town and its inhabitants. The pictures are accompanied by explanatory text and extracts from the memories of local residents.


  • Howden church
  • St John's Street, chapels and the Black Bull
  • Cornmarket Hill, the Black Swan, the Gill family, Hannah Rigby's shop and the Spivey family
  • Bridgegate, Grayburns' fish shop, Bancrofts' shop and how to use chewing gum to fill dental cavities!
  • Northolmby Street, the Rhodes family, an aerial view of Selby Road, and Henry and Ralph Moore
  • Two pictures of the interior of Shaws' vineries showing the grapes
  • Pinfold Street and Miss Lucy Buckle of The Chestnuts
  • Howden Grammar School, the pupils, master and an interior view painted by Frances Hutchinson
  • Pictures of the church fire of 1929 and its aftermath
  • Bellringers in the ringing chamber and Archbishop Temple pictured with the church choir
  • Howden OS map of 1853
  • Official opening of the war memorial and the Britannia and other Howden inns
  • Post office staff and exterior viewin Edwardian times
  • Half Moon Inn pictured before demolition in 1890
  • Market Place - 12 views showing the shops and Shire Hall before the First World War
  • Manor House showing its interior as a private house
  • Cricket team in the Ashes
  • Bridgegate (east) showing the Working Men's Club and Cussons' shop
  • Flatgate - the old police station and Station Road Hotel
  • Howden Hall and the Worsop family
  • The Cross Keys, its jug band and the Wesleyan school
  • Hailgate Council School - picture of pupils in 1930s and also 1950s staff
  • Hailgate - street views including Hailgate House, the chapel and the Wheatsheaf
  • Howden Show - history and 1920s committee picture
  • Pinfold Street School - pictured before demolition and picture of pupils gardening
  • Old police station - information about the building's history and early police superintendents
  • Knedlington Road - an early view showing Albert Terrace
  • Catholic church - local poster complaining about new 'Mass house' and early drawing of church
  • Howden workhouse - pictures of the building and the staff
  • Hull and Barnsley railway station - very early picture and memories
  • North Howden - Sunday school
  • R100 airship - contemporary pictures of 1929 launch and eyewitness reports
  • Flatfield Mill - post mill, Kay and Kettlewell families
  • Elm Tree House - view of Philip Saltmarshe's funeral procession in 1912
  • Howdendyke - view of the Creyke (Creek) and also the ferry
  • Booth Ferry - picture of bears on the slipway and the ferry boat
  • An early view of cars on Boothferry Bridge


Alternative Ways To Buy

If you live locally, 'Howden, a pictorial history' is also available to buy from Chappelows' newsagents in Howden and Goole, and from California Gardens, Howden. The cost per book is £10.50.

If you prefer to send payment through the post, I also accept Sterling cheques made out to Susan Butler. Please contact me to obtain my postal address. Prices are:


UK First Class (1 day) = £10.50 + £2.50 postage = £13.00

US/Canada/Australia Surface Mail (up to 6 weeks) = £10.50 + £4.80 postage = £15.30

US/Canada/Australia Airmail (5-7 days) = £10.50 + £7.30 postage = £17.80


If you would like to order a copy of this book but do not live in the UK, US, Canada or Australia, it's not a problem - please contact me to inquire for specific postage details.





Howden, an East Riding market town

By Susan Butler and Ken Powls

Paperback, 140 pages, ISBN 0 9515498 2 0. Published 1994.

Cover illustration: Highbridge, by Frances Hutchinson


Book 'Howden, an East Riding market town' by Susan Butler and Ken Powls

Back cover: Howden is a town with a long and fascinating history. The story of the development of church and town from Anglo Saxon times until 1900 is told by Susan Butler and Ken Powls, two local historians whose families have long lived in and around Howden.

The people mentioned in Howden's story are many and varied: from 'Saint' John who sat up in his coffin in the church, to Prince John who spent Christmas at Howden; from Thomas Ward, a Howden boy who became a baron, to the girl from Howden Hall who wrote secret letters to her lover next door.

There are chapters on Howden's hermit, on the treatment of the poor, on the town's part in the struggle between Cromwell and King Charles and on stagecoaches and railways.

The history of each of Howden's 28 inns is described in detail and many local families feature in the chapters on Victorian shopkeepers.The story of Howden is that of an ordinary East Riding market town - but one which was owned for centuries by the Bishops of Durham and which once hosted the biggest horse fair in England. Almost 40 maps, drawings and photographs illustrate the text.


Unfortunately this book is currently out of print.

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