The Humber Estuary bank and Lighthouse at Paull (2006)
Paull shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
|Population||723 (2011 census)|
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|Unitary authority||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Ceremonial county||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Beverley and Holderness|
Paull (archaic Paul, Pall, Pawle, Pawel, Paulle, Paghel, Paghill, Paghil, Pagula.) is a village and civil parish in Holderness, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, lying on the north bank of the Humber Estuary, east of the watercourse known as Hedon Haven.
The village is situated approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Kingston upon Hull.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Notes
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The western part of the civil parish of Paull centred on the village of Paull on the banks of the Humber estuary and is bounded by the Hedon Haven watercourse to the west and north, and the Humber estuary to the south; the northeastern boundary of the parish is coincident with the Newton Garth, Haylands, Green's, Riggs, and South Ends & Thorney drains; the parish extends approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast along the bank on a strip approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) wide and 6 miles (9.7 km) from Paull bordered to the north by the Sands and Keyingham drains, and the 'Old Channel', with the Ottringham drain at the eastern boundary. To the to north and west are the town of Hedon and the Salt End refinery and chemical works in the parish of Hedon. The other bounding parishes from west to east are Thorngumbald, Keyingham, Ottringham and Sunk Island.
The land in the civil parish is in agricultural use, and is low lying, mostly below 5 metres (16 ft) above sea level, and extensively drained by canals and ditches. There are minor rises north and east of Paull at Rose Hill, Boreas Hill, and Holme Hill were the altitude reaches approximately 10 metres (33 ft); there is a similar rise at the Paull battery, adjacent south east of Paull.[note 1] Along the Humber banks are extensive tidal mud flats. According to the 2011 UK census, Paull parish had a population of 723, a decrease on the 2001 UK census figure of 765.
The banks of the Humber require flood defences, with all of the parish within the floodplain of the Humber estuary. As of 2008 the flood defences are thought to be in good condition, with standard of protection is estimate to be to a 1 in 80 or 1 in 100 years flood event. At Paull Holme Strays the flood protection banks have been cut (2004) to form an tidal mud flat based nature reserve.
Paull village is the only habitation of significance in the parish, excluding farms. Paull village is accessed via a road off the A1033. Paull village includes a church, lighthouse, three pubs (The Royal Oak, Humber Tavern and Crown Inn), and a school.
It is a fishing place, and celebrated for shrimps.
— History and Topography of York .. (1856), Sheahan & Whellan.
Both Paull (Paghel) were listed in the Domesday book as places within the Manor of Burstwick.  The place is typical of a medieval settlement in Holderness, occupying higher, and better drained ground in an area prone to flooding.[note 1]
In the medieval period there were three settlements: Paull Fleet (archaic Paul-flete, later Low Paull) near the outfall of the Hedon Haven onto Humber; Up Paull (or Over Paull, later High Paull); and Paull Holme. Paull Fleet and Up/Over Paull merged into a single village Paull in the 16th century.[note 2]
There was a shipyard at Paull located between High Paul and Paul, took advantage of the sloping beach at that position as a good place for launching ships. The yard built some ships for the Royal Navy: between 1739 and 1774 three warships were built, Thomas Steemson owned the shipyard in the early 19th century; ships of up to 74 guns were built, the HMS Anson of 1812.) By the 1830s it was no longer active.[note 3]
Historically Paull was known for shrimp fisheries, in around 1900 the lower part of Hedon haven (or Paull creek), and the Humber and Paull roads was place to a numerous fleet of small and medium sized boats known as 'Paull Shrimpers'; the shrimps were caught in the Humber by beam trawling.
The Humber Tavern was built 1805, the Royal Oak was also built in the early 19th century, the Crown Inn opened 1856. A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built around 1810 in the village, there was also a Primitive Methodist Chapel, built 1851, then demolished and replaced with another chapel in 1871.
A new shipyard opened c. 1940. (Hepworths Shipyard)
In the second half of the 20th century, housing in Paull village expanded, initially along Back Lane/Road in the 1950/60s era; then south of Townend Rd. in the 1970s on a former Sports ground; and then south of Turpit on the new lane after Ferryman Park towards the end of the century. In 2013 A new village hall was opened, having received £464,494 in Big Lottery Fund funding.
Church of St. Andrew
The early history of churches at Paull is uncertain. Smith (2011) states there was been a church at Paull from 1115 AD. Incumbents of the parish of Paull (and Thorngumbald) are recorded as far back as 1295, and burials are recorded to 1347. The present church was built c. 1355, replacing a church on the banks of the Humber which was in a ruinous state, and subject to floods.[note 4] Initially dedicated to St. Mary from the 15th century it was also dedicated to St. Andrew.
In 1841, the church was described consisting of a tower, nave, chancel and north and south transepts, built of stone plus cobbles, with some brick repair work. The tower had a three staged battlemented tower, with pointed windows in the upper (belfry) stage; the nave had two curved and one square headed window on the south side, similar on the north side with three windows and a door; each transept had a large pointed window, perpendicular in style; the chancel had two windows with a small central door divided by wall buttresses in the south side, and similar buttressing on the north side, but with a window blocked off and a vestry. The buttressing was a mixture of normal, diagonal, and corner buttressing, most of three stages (five at the transepts), with mostly angled buttresses at corners, excluding the west ends of the transepts (single corner), and east end of the chancel (doubled corner). The interior included three sets octagonal piers in the nave, separating the aisles. The church was restored in 1879, and again c. 1890.
Because the church was neither in Paul Fleet, High Paul, or Paul Home a saying arose:
High Paul, and Low Paul, Paul and Paul Holme,
There was never a fair Maid married in Paul town.
— anon, 
Fortifications and military works
The are records of beacons along the Humber including one at Paull dating to the 16th century, used to give warning of enemy ships or invasion.
Paull has been host to coastal defences for centuries. In 1542, as part of a review of coastal defences carried out by Henry VIII to prepare against possible war with France and Spain, a battery for twelve gunners was built at Paull.
In the prelude to the First Siege of Hull (July 1642) a fort with cannon was erected at Paull (also at Hessle Cliff) by the Royalist faction in order to control shipping on the Humber, though in mid July around 2000 soldiers, plus supplies were able to pass the fort without great inconvenience. In September the fort was repaired and another erected on the near the Trent Falls, again attempting to control the Humber, but were destroyed by Parliamentary ships.
In 1807, an earthen battery, Paull Cliff Battery, was erected in consequence of the Napoleonic Wars to house six 24 pounder cannons, with the land summarily purchased. In 1819 after the end of the wars the land of 3 acres (1.2 ha) including barracks and buildings was sold by the Board of Ordnance.
In the 1860s new defences of the Humber were built, following the decommissioning of the Hull Citadel. A smaller fortification at Stallingborough, Lincolnshire of six guns and a new 19 gun fort at Paull, on the site of the civil war fort were built. The Paull fort held nineteen guns, and was constructed as a polygonal fort, with its main face of 620 feet (190 m) facing the Humber, with two flanking faces of 310 feet (94 m) - the defences consisted, from inside out - a wall with loopholes, and casemated Caponiers giving flanking fire across a dry ditch; the fort was protected from artillery fire by an earth glacis; and beyond that the sea wall was stockaded. The entrance to the battery was from the landward side, also protected by a loop holed wall. The barracks, and other soldiers buildings were adjacent to the rear wall.[note 5]
In the late 1880s a naval mine facility was built, adjacent west of the fort with access to the foreshore for the Humber Section Coast Battalion Royal Engineers Submarine Mining Division. The facilities included a 376 feet (115 m) pier, and a light railway to carry the mines to the piers. The Paull Point battery was also upgraded during the latter part of the 19th century, receiving two and four 9.2 and 6 inches (230 and 150 mm) breech loading guns, as well as four muzzle loaders - the breech loaders which were placed in new concrete emplacements (1894). Electric defence searchlights were installed in 1907. In the early part of the 20th century and First World War the role of the fort was reduced due to the construction of new emplacements nearer to the mouth of the Humber, at Sunk Island and Stallingborough, better able to protect the port of Immingham. During World War I additional forts and gun emplacements were built at Spurn Point, Kilnsea, Bull Sand Fort and Haile Sand Fort, reducing Paull Point's military importance; however the site wa retained as the HQ for the defence of the Humber. During the Second World War the fort was the site of a ship Degaussing station, as well as being used as an ammunition store. Military use ended in 1956, and the site was sold in 1960/1.
Also in the near environs of the Paull Point installation were practice batteries south of the fort dating from the WW1, and 19th century, as well as a large warehouse, formerly a WW2 ammunition store.
During World War 2 decoys intended to represent features of the city of Hull with the intention to mislead Luftwaffe bombers were built around 9-10km southeast of Hull at 1/3rd scale. The decoys included representations of the docks east of the river Hull (Victoria, Alexandra and King George V Docks), as well as the river Hull and Holderness drain, with pole mounted lights shining on shallow concrete ponds to simulate reflections from the water of the docks and waterways. Other decoys included oil filled trenches that would be ignited to simulate an oil refinery (i.e. Salt End) under attack, and area were controlled fires were lit to simulate an area under aerial attack. There were further similar decoys in the Holderness and North Lincolnshire areas. There were also heavy anti-aircraft batteries located in the Paull area during World War 2.
Other places and features
Paull Holme (Holm) was also listed in the Domesday report, also in the Manor of Burstwick. The family of Holme held the place from the post Conquest period onwards, up to the 18th century when the estate passed to the Torre family through marriage to the female line of Holme. In 1377 the population was around 100.
There was once a manor house at Paull Holme. From remains of the foundations it is inferred to have been H-shaped; by 1840 only the north tower was still standing. A number of heraldic elements were present in the fabric, showing the connection to the Holme family, and, from rose emblems in the stone work, suggesting a date after Henry VII. (see Tudor rose.) The remaining tower is of brick, approximately 35 feet (11 m) high, in three storeys, with internal space of approximately 24 by 18 feet (7.3 by 5.5 m) each. The first floor was supported on a brick vault. It is thought the remainder of the structure would have included brick and timber framed construction.[note 6] The building was restored in 1871 for use as a gazebo with stone window surrounds added, replacing brick. As of 2010 the tower was roofless and in a ruinous condition. The building is located on a formerly moated area. Some repair work was undertaken in 2014.
There was also a chapel in Paull Holme. Documentary evidence points to the chapel being in use at the beginning of the 16th century. By the end of the 16th century Paull Holme had become abandoned. The chapel was described as dilapidated by the time Queen Anne (early 18th century) [note 4]
A newer house was built in 1837 at the foot of the hill at Paull Home.
A hospital was established at Newton Garth east of Paul by William le Gros in the reign of Henry II. Originally intended for Lepers, non-Lepers were admitted after 1335. The hopital was suppressed by the Abolition of Chantries Act of 1547, in the reign of Henry VIII.
A house at Boreas Hill (archaic Boar House, Bower House Hill) dates to at least 1670. The present house is thought to date from the around the first half of the 1700s, with additions in 1936.
In 1769 High Paul and the manor of Paghil was acquired from the Constable family by Benjamin Blaydes, merchant and shipbuilder of Hull, for £6700. A high status dwelling was built, "High Paull House". The house and estate of 95 acres (38 ha) was sold to the War Department c. 1860, and used to built the coastal defence fort "Paull Point"; the house was retained for military accommodation, stores and offices until the 1950s; the buildings were demolished in the 1950s and 60s, excluding a gatekepers lodge.
A pier was noted at Paull in the 1840s. There was a wooden swing bridge across the Hedon Haven near to Pollard clough on the far bank in the 1850s; this was no longer extant by the 20th century.[note 7] By the 1920s a footbridge close to the outfall of the Hedon stream had been built, crossing to Salt End; by the second half of the century the footbridge was no long extant, but a road had been built (Paull road) running roughly northwest, with a bridge crossing over the haven, and joining the main Hull to Hedon road north of Saltend. The bridge over the Hedon haven was a lifting bridge, Image replaced by a concrete deck fixed bridge in the late 20th century.
In 1967 an airfield was opened near to Oxgoddes farm by the East Yorkshire Aero Company. The airfield had a 1,000 feet (300 m) runway, and was initially used by the Hull Aero Club. Bristow Helicopters used the site from 1969 to service north sea oil rigs, and short haul operator Humber Airways from 1970 to its cessure of business in 1975. In 1981 the airfield closed.
Lighthouses and beacons
Thorngumbald Clough Low Light was constructed of a wrought iron frame approximately 10 metres (33 ft) high on a 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high brick and flagstone base, the Thorngumbald Clough High light was of a similar design; the low light was painted white, the high light red. The low light was on a trolley, enabling it to move up to 28 feet (8.5 m). The Thorngumbald lights ceased operation c. 1948, but were restarted in 1952. As of 1975 both lights were still in use.
Land reclamation, drainage and flooding
The earliest record of a sea wall in the area was at Paull Holme in 1201.
The position of the Humber coastline has been relatively fluid over several centuries due to flooding, storms, silting, human intervention, and the condition of Spurn Point. In the 17th century the bank of the Humber east of Paull was much further north; Cherry Cobb was a sand bank separated from the Holderness mainland by a navigable channel "North Channel" of the Humber. From the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th Cherry Cobb sands (and Sunk Island to the east.) silted up, reducing the north channel. The increased silting was exploited by humans; Cherry Cobb sands was embanked in 1869/70, closing the north channel to the west. The silting caused drainage problems in the land to the north and Keyingham fleet (or clow) was resited several times in 1730, and again c. 1772, when it became the jurisdiction of the Keyingham Drainage Authority; silting in the remnant of the north channel reduced the fleet's effectiveness and a new cut of the drain was made, based on one of two designs of Joseph Hodskinson, endorsed by William Chapman in 1797, and enabled by and act of Parliament in 1802. The new cut ran roughly southeast to Stone Creek Clow. (the present location of the outlet.)
By the 1840s the extent of Cherry Cobb sands represented approximately 1,800 acres (730 ha); the soil newly reclaimed land was of very good agricultural quality.
In the early 2000s the flood defences at Paull Holme Strays were re-aligned backwards to create a tidal lagoon. Construction of the new defences was completed in 2002, and in 2003 the old flood banks were cut, creating a 80 hectares (200 acres) nature reserve.
- The higher points of ground around Paull are glacial moraines, generally consist sand, clay and gravel. Similar high points exist at Burstwick where the gravel was extracted.Sheppard (1912, pp. 17-18, 31-32)
- Smith (2011) and English (1979) suggest Paull Fleet may have been lost to the Humber.
- Also HMS Owen Glendower (1808). Steemson also had a yard at Thorne, a list of ships built by Steemson for the Royal Navy at both yards is given in: Sheahan (1864, p. 584)
- Some Victorian sources state that the old church was in Paull Holme, fell into decay, was demolished and the material used to build a church near High Paull House, which was then burnt during the English Civil war, demolished, and the material used to build a third (and present) church after the restoration of Charles II. eg Poulson (1841, p. 485), Sheahan & Whellan (1856, p. 842). This is very likely erroneous, and probably derives from an account in George Tickell's (1796) History of the Town and County of Kingston upon Hull. Smith (2011, pp. 41-42)
- See Ordnance Survey Sheet 241SW 1952 edition. The fort was omitted from earlier editions.
- A drawing of 1816 shows the towe with an adjacent wood framed house. Smith (2011, p. 13)
- The bridge included an adjacent bridge house, no longer extant by the 1920s. The course of the stream was straightened and moved north post WW2, with the former route forming (2014) a field boundary with the land north of the former route waste. 
- "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Paull CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
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- Ordnance Survey 1:25000 2006
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Paull CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
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- Smith 2011, pp. 53-54.
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- Ordnance Survey. 1:10560/1:10000 (1956-1993)
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- Destinations of Barrow and Skitter (Skitter Beck, East Halton) are mentioned in English (1979).
- English 1979, pp. 156, 213-214.
- Poulson 1841, p. 488.
- Ordnance Survey 1:2500 (1911-1969); 1:25000 (2006).
- Hedon Haven Evidence Base - Baseline Cultural Heritage Study, East Riding Council, October 2012, §3.1.21, p.9
- Ordnance Survey Sheet 241, 241NW (1850-1950)
- Ordnance survey 1:2500 1969
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