Howden is a small market town about 3 miles north of Goole and 17 miles south-west of York.

The town is largely unspoiled and has a beautifully preserved Georgian town centre with narrow cobbled streets and restored buildings.

Dating back to the eighth century, Howden Minster with its 135 foot tower dominates the landscape and is one of the largest and most magnificent churches in the East Riding.

In the early 1800s Howden became famous throughout Europe for its horse fair which was held every September. At its height, the fair attracted all the principal horse dealers from every part of the United Kingdom.

Howden Airship Station, constructed in 1916, was the location for the manufacture of the R100 airship designed by Sir Barnes Wallis. The airship station closed in 1930 and there is now little evidence of the activities that once took place there.

OS grid reference SE 749 281


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Local attractions

At Breighton airfield, approximately 5 miles north west of Howden, The Real Aeroplane Company operates a number of interesting, rare and wonderful classic aeroplanes. There are a number of open days each year when the site may be visited by the public.

Literary Associations

In the 1920s Nevil Shute Norway (later to be better known as the author Nevil Shute) worked at the Howden Airship Station, as a member of the team that developed the R100 airship. While here, Shute worked alongside Barnes Wallis, the scientist and inventor of the bouncing bomb. Shute lived at number 78 Hailgate, and a blue plaque fixed to the house now commemorates his stay there.

Useful and informative links

Howden Civic Society
Howden Explored
Howden photographs from East Riding Media Library
Howden photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Howden

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