The Victoria History of the County of York will eventually comprise five distinct
sets, of which three, those treating the whole shire generally, the North Riding,
and the city of York, are complete. That for the West Riding has yet to be started.
The East Riding set, of which this volume is a part, is in progress. Those who
wish to learn more of the structure, aims, and progress of the History as a whole
may consult the General Introduction (1970) and Supplement (1990). The present
volume deals with the history of much of Holderness wapentake, completing the
survey of that part of the Riding begun in volume V of the East Riding series.
Dr. K. J. Allison, the county editor for the East Riding, retired in 1990 and was
succeeded by the present editor, Dr. G. H. R. Kent, formerly assistant editor.
Between 1991 and 1994 Dr. John Walker served as assistant editor, and Dr. T. N.
Cooper held the post jointly with that of lecturer in the Department of History at
Hull University for three years from 1996 to 1999. Central editing of the volume
was done by Professor C. R. Elrington and his successor as General Editor, Dr.
C.R.J. Currie, both of whom have introduced various changes in the arrangement
and presentation of the material.
Thanks are due to many other people in connection with this volume. Dr. David
Connell of the Burton Constable Foundation was enthusiastic and indefatigable in
his support during the lengthy investigation of the building history of Burton
Constable Hall, and Mr. John Chichester-Constable and his daughter, Mrs.
Rodrica Straker, patiently answered questions about the family's estate in
Holderness. Other owners, who made records available and allowed their houses
to be visited and photographed, included Mr. Oliver Marriott of Grimston Garth,
Mr. Rupert Russell of Wassand Hall, and Mr. Hugh Bethell at Rise. Mr. Bethell's
agent, Mr. Andrew Johnson, and Mrs. A. Dyson at the estate office at Rise Park
were especially helpful. Dr. J. E. Crowther, Mr. and Mrs. M. Sewell, Mr. and
Mrs. J. Gelsthorpe, and Dr. J. E. S. Walker helped with the account of Hornsea,
Mr. P. Butler with that of Garton, and Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Walgate of Scarborough
with Swine. Professor D. M. Woodward kindly supplied information about Trinity
House, Hull, and its holdings in Holderness. Further afield, the duke of Rutland,
the marquess of Exeter and Lady Victoria Leatham, and the earl of Shaftesbury
kindly allowed access to records kept respectively at Belvoir castle near Grantham,
Burghley House near Stamford, and St. Giles's House at Wimborne in Dorset.
All of those mentioned above, together with many named in the footnotes, are
thanked most sincerely for their invaluable help.
The illustration of the volume was facilitated by a joint undertaking in the late
1990s by the Victoria County History and the Royal Commission on Historical
Monuments, English Heritage from 1997, to improve the coverage of the East
Riding in the National Monuments Record at Swindon. Special thanks are due in
this respect to Bob Skingle, English Heritage's photographer in York, and to the
owners of buildings recorded. Mr. Ben Chapman of Withernsea has also generously
allowed the use of postcards from the Chapman Social History Archive. The
expansion in the illustration of the volume is due largely to the Architectural
Editor, Ms. Elizabeth Williamson, whose encouragement and assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
A final debt is to the public bodies and their staffs, without whom the history
could not have been written. The financial support established by the former East
Riding county council before its abolition in 1974, and recently continued by its
successor, the East Riding of Yorkshire council, is gratefully acknowledged,
together with the recent contribution, financial and otherwise, of the University
of Hull. Both bodies have assisted the project in other ways. The archive and
library services provided at Beverley by the council and its predecessors have
contributed hugely to the volume, while much material has been made available
from the archives collection in the Brynmor Jones Library at the university.
Particular thanks are due to the former county archivist, Mr. Keith Holt, his
assistant, Mrs. C. A. Boddington, and to Mrs. Helen Clark and the searchroom
staff; to Ms. Pamela Martin, Mrs. Jenny Stanley, and the staff at Beverley
Reference Library, and at the university to Mr. Brian Dyson and Ms. Helen
Roberts. The staffs at the other repositories much used for the History, the
Borthwick Institute of Historical Research at York and the Public Record Office
in London, and the former Holderness Borough council and its officers, are also
warmly thanked for their assistance.