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Snaith Heritage Walk 1 Brewery
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 1
Snaith Heritage Trail

This walk is one of fifteen HERITAGE WALKS in and around the villages of Pollington, Rawcliffe and Rawcliffe Bridge as well as Snaith & Cowick township.  Each of the walks passes at least one of fifteen HERITAGE BOARDS that explain a little of the rich history and heritage of the area.


An easy walk - mainly on pavements, but in some areas it is necessary to walk on the road. SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS.


Starting at the free car park at Snaith Railway Station, this walk enables you to learn a little about the historic buildings in the ancient town centre.


With grateful thanks to The Snaith & District Heritage Society who created The Town Trail in 1990 on which this Trail is based.


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Snaith and Cowick Together

Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Free parking at start point in Snaith station car park. Map Reference: SE 643223 Post code: DN14 9HY
Local public houses, cafes and shops in the town centre
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)

For walking directions please see the Features of Interest section.

Heritage Walk 1 Snaith Heritage Trail - 680KB Heritage Walk 1 Snaith Heritage Trail
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Start Point
Snaith Railway Station
End Point
Snaith Railway Station
Towns & Villages
ParishSnaith and Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
 The HERITAGE BOARD at the start tells about the history of the railway station built in 1848. 
• leave the station car park through the pedestrian exit and turn right.  Cross the road at the level crossing and then turn left. Turn right on Mill Street. 
 The building dates from 1794 and was used as a steam corn mill. At the beginning of the 20th century it became a mill making wooden clog soles. In 1983 it opened as The Old Mill Brewery. 
• Turn left at the end of Mill Street and walk up Buttermarket. 
  An 18th century single storey Grade II listed building comprising three rooms. It was originally part of a much longer building. On the south side there was a small shop and The Buttermarket. On the north side a brick shed for the old fire engine. It is thought that the prison was used on market days and fair days to house drunks, pick-pockets, vagrants and beggars. Rumour has it that the cell windows originally had one single bar and people outside took advantage of this to pass jugs of ale to the prisoners. To thwart this practice, grilles were installed.  But people got round this by bringing long clay smoking pipes. The pipe bowl was placed in the beer jug and the stem    passed through the grille to the prisoner, who then proceeded to drink the beer through a “straw”. 
• Walk back down Buttermarket to the end of the street and round to the left behind the church graveyard. 
• OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL at the bottom of Church Lane. 
  A HERITAGE BOARD later on the walk tells the story of why this school was built in 1626 and about the schools that came later. This area is called Priory Garth and was separated from the churchyard by walls. It is likely that some small priory buildings stood here. In 1853 a skeleton dating from Roman times was discovered here. Roof ridge tiles had been placed over it. Many coins were found under the skull. 
• Walk up the passageway that runs behind the houses on Church Lane and at the top of this passageway on the left is: 
 Tumbled gables were not common in Snaith.  Introduced into England in the 17th century from Holland,  they can be seen fairly frequently in villages east of Snaith. 
• Turn right away from the church and then left. When you reach the road, straight opposite is Lodge Gardens. 
 The whole area to the left and right of Lodge Gardens was the huge walled garden of The Lodge that you will see shortly. 
Turn right and then first left.  The area to the right is called Cross Hill. 
  In 1850 there were 207 properties in Snaith and 27 still had thatched roofs. A  third of these were here at Cross Hill.  In 2012 you can still see one of these tiny houses. Now an out-house, the thatch has been replaced by roof tiles. 
 At the end of this minor road on the right is a former Bedehouse. 
 Built in c1770 by Charles Yarburgh, it replaced an earlier almshouse and was intended  to offer sheltered accommodation for up to six men who had fallen on hard times. 
• Turn left on the main road. 
  Built c1750 and formerly known as THE LODGE. 
• Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and turn left.  Look for the entrance to Snaith Hall and walk up to the hall. 
 Built in 1829, by William Shearburn, local landowner and solicitor. 
• As you walk away from the hall, look at the house on the right on the road side. 
• THE DOWER HOUSE FOR SNAITH HALL.  A Dower house was traditionally available to the widow of a deceased estate owner. 
• Cross the main road at a safe point, turn right and then left down Cadman Lane. 
• CADMAN LANE.  Named after the Cadman family who had at least two retail businesses in Snaith in the 19th century.  The dentist at the end of the lane was their shoe shop. 
• At the end of Cadman Lane, turn left on High Street. 
• THE TALLEST HOUSE on the High Street was formerly The Vicarage. 
 Used in the 18th and 19th centuries, a fire mark was proof that the house was insured and gave a fire crew the authority to put out a fire on that particular house. 
• Cross the street and enter the gates to Snaith Priory. 
 There was an Anglo-Saxon church here prior to 1100 when construction work began on this building. There is an inscription on the clock “ Time is short”. You can learn more by reading the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• Turn left and walk along High Street to the end of Buttermarket where you will find a HERITAGE BOARD and  a History of Snaith Information Board. 
• Walk along Market Place. 
• On the left is the BELL AND CROWN and across the street DOWNE ARMS. 
  These were two of the 12 inns that were in Snaith  for a period in the 19th century. The Bell and Crown was also a farm, while The Downe Arms was the meeting place for the Badsworth Hunt ( fox hunting with dogs) and was also used as a Manorial Court. There are cells below the ground floor. 
• Walk further along Market Place and cross the street to see the shop at the end of the street. 
 The mock tudor façade, built over a 17th century farmhouse  is especially noticeable when entering the town from the north.  It has been a retail premises for many years.  In 1850 one part was a draper’s shop and the other a butcher’s shop. 
• Walk round the corner and as you do, look across the road. 
 Formerly called the Moot Hall.  It belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster in 1850. There are cells below the ground floor. 
• As you go further round the corner, you will see Plough Inn in front of you. 
 Another of the 12 inns of Victorian Snaith. The street to your left is Beastfair, reflecting  the markets and fairs of the past. Shearburn Terrace was formerly called Horse Fair. 
• Walk up Shearburn Terrace and then croos the road at the pedestrian crossing, turn right and first left. Look at the building on the right. 
 Built in 1897 on the site of the former Wesleyan Chapel. 
Carry on walking on Court Road. Just before you reach the main road, you will pass a former malt house on your right. 
 Where grain, steeped in water, was dried before use in ale brewing. 
• Turn left and on the bend in the main road, cross to the other side. 
  A plaque dates the house as 1627.  Probably a farmhouse when first built, it was owned by Thomas Warwick in 1850 and a barn, piggery and plumber’s workshop stood in the yard behind.  It was then used for many years by E .T Clark as a solicitor’s office. 
• Walk along the pavement beside the main road , with the road on your right until you reach a pathway running beside the Methodist Church. Look across the street at the house called Victoria House, then enter the church pathway. 
 An inn in 1850 with a wheelwright’s shop adjoining it. 
 The church, costing £2600 was opened in 1862 with seating for over 400 people. You can learn more by reading the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• Carry on walking down the pathway, passing the former school. 
  Opened in 1848, it could accommodate 200 children.  Between 1944 and 1976 this was The Snaith Primary School. 
• At the end of the pathway, turn left and look at the tall buildings on the right with the rounded top windows. 
  Built in 1866, the rounded top windows were salvaged from the former Methodist Chapel (old police station site) when it was demolished. 
• Walk further along George Street and then turn right in to the station car park passing the former railway hotel. 
 Thought to have been built originally to provide refreshment and accommodation for railway travellers, it also became a popular Inn for locals. Later uses include a dance hall, café and industrial units.
Accessibility Information
Suitable for Wheelchairs
Additional Information
Buses: Service 400 and 401 from Goole and Selby 
A brief history of Snaith 
Snaith is a town of early origins.  The discovery, in 1853, of a skeleton and Roman coins in Priory Garth, suggests the possibility of a pre-Anglo-Saxon settlement.  By the seventh century the Anglo-Saxons were well established in the area as is evident from local place names. 
Over the centuries the name Snaith has taken many forms; one of the earliest being “ Snaed”, old English, meaning a detached piece of land, or a place cut off, presumably by water in this instance.  In the Domesday Book (1086) Snaith is mentioned three times as “Esneit” reflecting the influence of the Norman invaders.  Unfortunately no details of “Esneit” are given. 
Of Snaith’s three manors, the Manor of Snaith and Cowick was the largest and most important.  It existed in 1086 and for substantial periods of time throughout its history it was Crown property.  Although the Dawnay’s were occupiers of the manor for many years, they were only lessees until the 7th Viscount Downe acquired it, in 1852, from Queen Victoria. 
Snaith was at its height  in the medieval period.  It was an important trading centre having been granted a charter, in 1223, to hold markets and fairs.  When the Poll Tax of 1379 was taken, Snaith was the eighth most highly assessed place in the West Riding of Yorkshire, reflecting its importance. 
The pictorial representation of Snaith, on the Inclesmoor Map of c1407, depicts a church with a tower, surmounted by a spire, surrounded by cruck-framed buildings, with thatched roofs.  Snaith was at this time the sub-administrative headquarters for the Duchy of Lancaster. 
The Priory Church of St Laurence has, over the centuries, remained a constant feature of the town and families such as  Waller, Yarburgh, Dawnay, Stapleton and Shearburn have played their part as Snaith has developed.  In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Snaith still functioned as a local service centre, but growth was slow and by the mid-nineteenth century the town’s population was still under a thousand. 
The influence of the Manor accompanied Snaith into the twentieth century.  The Market Charter was proclaimed annually, until the 1930s, from over the church wall and the Court Leet continued to meet, in The Downe Arms, until 1934