Snaith

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Snaith
St Laurence Church Snaith.jpg
St Laurence Priory Church, Snaith
Snaith is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Snaith
Snaith
 Snaith shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE642220
   – London 160 mi (260 km)  SSE
Civil parish Snaith and Cowick
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GOOLE
Postcode district DN14
Dialling code 01405
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Brigg and Goole
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England
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Coordinates: 53°41′28″N 1°01′42″W / 53.691223°N 1.028200°W / 53.691223; -1.028200

Snaith is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire local government area of England. It is situated approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Goole on the A1041 road at its junction with the A645 road. It lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the M62 motorway and just south of the River Aire.

Snaith clog factory, now a plastics factory

The town of Snaith, East Cowick and West Cowick form the civil parish of Snaith and Cowick. The Snaith and Cowick civil parish had 3,579 inhabitants and 1,492 households in the 2011 UK census.[1] This was an increase on 3,028 inhabitants and 1,228 households in the 2001 UK census.[2] The town continues to grow in size, due to the expanding Ben Bailey housing estate.

Snaith is the focal point of the local rural area. It has primary and secondary schools. The town exit and entry to the M62 is approximately 5 miles (8 km) away, giving access to Hull, Doncaster, Goole, Leeds and Castleford. It is approximately 20.6 miles (33 km) from York. Selby is 7 miles (11 km) away, with Carlton and Camblesforth between.

Snaith was part of the Goole Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1894 to 1974, then in Boothferry district of Humberside until 1996.

Toponymy[edit]

The name "Snaith" derives from the Old Scandinavian word sneith, meaning "Piece of land cut off". Snaith was recorded in its modern-day form in c.1080, however in the Domesday Book of 1086, it was recorded as Esneid.

Parish Church[edit]

The priory church of St Lawrence is low and wide, with pinnacles. The core of the church is Norman and Cruciform, and the tower is Early English and stands at the west end. The chancel is Decorated and the nave has Perpendicular arcades and a high clerestory. Glass in the chancel window is by Francis Spear and there is a notable monument to Viscount Downe by Francis Chantrey.[3] The church was designated in 1967 by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[4]

Amenities[edit]

Snaith has a library, post office,award winning dental practice, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, opticians and petrol station. There is also a Co-operative store, and a variety of small retail, service and food outlets, including takeaways. The town has five public houses.

Transport[edit]

Snaith railway station

Snaith railway station is situated on the line approximately half way between Hull and Leeds. It is served by a railway station, with a limited service on the Pontefract Line from Leeds to Goole.

The town also has a regular bus service, and is central to the 400 and 401 Arriva bus services, which usually commute hourly between Selby and Goole.

Sport[edit]

Snaith has a football club, Snaith Juniors, that was formed in 1990 as Croda F.C. because the football pitch was in Croda.[clarification needed] It now plays at Ben Bailey housing estate and holds football tournaments at the end of May each year.[citation needed] The council proposed making a cricket pitch for a town cricket team, but no land was available.[citation needed]

Matt Glenney[who?]was recently named Snaith[clarification needed] of the year.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Snaith and Cowick CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Snaith and Cowick CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Betjeman, John, ed. (1968). Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins. p. 349. 
  4. ^ English Heritage. "Church of St Lawrence (1161899)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10.