Village History



History of Sewerby

Part 2

St. John the Evangelist Church

The church of St. John the Evangelist was erected in 1847, at the sole expense of Mr Yarburgh Graeme (Later to be known as Yarburgh Yarburgh) who was at this time the 'High Sheriff of Yorkshire'. The church was designed by Messrs. Scott and Moffatt, of London and is built in the Transition Norman style.

It was consecrated on the 27th of April 1848 by Archbishop Musgrave and on that day the guests assembled at Sewerby House.

The building includes chancel, nave, north transept, south porch, a small tower and spire containing two bells. A very fine Norman arch divides the nave from the chancel. All the windows are filled with stained glass. In the transept are two marble tablets - one to Yarburgh Yarburgh, Esq., who died in 1856, and the other to John Greame, Esq., and Ann Elizabeth, his wife.

The Ship Inn

In 1823, a two-storey building situated at the junction of Back Lane and Seagate was listed as an alehouse bearing the title "Bottle and Glass". The first licence authorising the sales of ale was granted to Mr Robert Carsley in 1823. The alehouse was closed and rebuilt in 1846 and upon re-opening was called "The Ship Inn".

Between 1839 and 1950 there were 5 different licensees with the Inn being sold to the Hull Brewing Company Ltd in 1937.

During the period of 1950 to 1966 many modifications were made to the building. These included the addition of a kitchen, dining room and a central bar serving both the lounge area and games room. Today the Inn is owned by the Mansfield Brewing Company who in turn is owned by the Wolverhampton & Dudley Brewery. Visit The Ship Inn by clicking here

Leys House - Village School

The village school close to the church of St. John the Evangelist in Church Lane was built in the year 1849. It catered for the educational needs of boys and girls from Marton and Sewerby, aged 5 to 12 years. There were only two classrooms with the main room acting as a Sunday school.

The school was at first supported by the patron but it received an annual government grant by 1876-1877. Attendance was about 50 pupils in the 1860's but varied between 32 and 46 pupils from 1914 to 1932 The school temporarily closed in 1948 due to structural damage with the children being sent to Flamborough.

It closed for good in 1949 and was changed to a private residential property.

East Yorkshire Village Visits

Sewerby Village is mentioned in Many books. Most recently in the excellent book; "East Yorkshire Village Visits" by Martin Limon.

The book is available from internet suppliers like Amazon + local outlets like Tesco (Beverley and Hall Road, Hull) + Beverley Minster Gift Shop + Beverley Tourist Information Centre.

"...At the time of the 1801 census the population of Sewerby was two hundred and seventy nine and a directory of 1823 shows that there were seven farmers / yeomen together with the usual trades of self reliant communities of the time like a blacksmith, a shoemaker, a wheelwright and a corn miller. Village trades were often passed on from father to son and in 1823 Francis Hodgson was the blacksmith while the 1871 census shows that his thirty-year-old son was continuing the tradition. Three years earlier Thomas Hodgson Junior, an apprentice blacksmith to his father, had appeared in court charged with assaulting his stepmother and was fined two shillings (ten pence in modern money) plus eight shillings costs. By way of defence he claimed that his stepmother had provoked him by calling him "all the brutish names she could think of..."

East Yorkshire Village Visits by Martin Limon