21st Century Hedon

Ideally located, just east of Hull on the A1033, the charming small town of Hedon provides its townspeople with a great lifestyle by offering a wide range of amenities in a semi-rural setting, yet it is within easy reach of the city of Hull.

Hedon today is a thriving town with a wide mix of old and new architecture. Most of the working population are employed in nearby Hull, yet residents remains fiercely independent and the Town Council (of which John Dennis is a long-standing member, and indeed was the 658th Mayor in 2005/6) fights to hold onto its unique stature by resolutely defending the "green belt" which separates the town from its larger neighbour and opposes any attempt to close the gap.

The town has ancient rights enabling regular markets and fairs to be held throughout the year. Hedon was always the focal point for agricultural businesses in South Holderness and still remains the main centre for people to shop and meet for social occasions. At the turn of the century (19th / 20th) the population was around 1,000; with all the development that has taken place and which is currently projected, the population will rise to over 8,000. There are in Hedon, several day-nurseries, two primary schools, and within a short distance the South Holderness technical college, catering for senior children, just north of the town.

Surrounding the delightful Town Square, and in neighbouring streets and lanes are to be found many shops, serving every need of the residents of the area, and there are supermarkets within easy reach, by car and bus.

The town is well positioned for access by car and public transport into the city of Hull, the county town of Beverley, the surrounding rural areas, and the east coast. Linked by motorway to the rest of the UK, Hedon provides its residents with the all benefits of accessibility and market town living whilst also offering very very competitive house prices.

A Potted History

Situated just 6 miles east of the centre of Hull, the ancient and historic East Yorkshire market town of Hedon is strategically placed at the edge of the agricultural Plain of Holderness. A classic example of a new Norman town, Hedon was founded in about 1130 and quickly became a seaport of great importance. A hundred or so years later, King Stephen ordered a Royal Mint to be set up in Hedon, and the Royal Charter of 1158 gave the burgesses of the town privileges equal to those enjoyed by the citizens of York and Lincoln. Indeed therefore, Hedon was for a while, a port of great significance.

Over the centuries however, the demand for larger ships was Hedon's undoing as a port, as the larger vessels could not navigate up and down the narrow Haven leading from the Humber Estuary right into the heart of the town. Some of the merchants developed land at the confluence of the Humber and the River Hull at a village called Wyke, where deeper water could accommodate the larger vessels. (Wyke was later to receive a Royal Charter of its own, by which it changed its name to Kingstown upon Hull).

For many years Hedon was a 'Rotten Borough' which meant that by an ancient quirk of the law, we were able to send two MP's to Westminster. One of those MP's donated the fine 17th century Town Hall, where by special invitation people can view the magnificent collection of silver, including the oldest civic mace in the country. The building of the present church of St. Augustine was commenced in 1190, on the site of a smaller church on Market Hill. Still standing today, the King of Holderness, as it is known, dominates the landscape of South Holderness

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