In 1823 Metham was a village in the civil parish of Howden, and the Wapentake of Howdenshire. The village is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from a Roman military highway, Roman pottery and other artifacts have been found nearby. Metham population in 1823 was 45, and included one farmer; two gentlemen, one of whom lived at Metham Hall; and two yeomen, one of whom lived at 'Bishopsoil'.
The early 19th–century Metham Hall is on Metham Lane, and is a Grade II listed building. A Grade II listed farmhouse (c. 1800), attached to Metham Hall, is 70 yards (64 m) to its north-west.