Wawne //, also spelled Waghen, is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England; it is first mentioned (as Wagene, from an Old English word for 'quaking bog, quagmire') in 1086. It is situated approximately 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of Hull city centre and 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Beverley on the east bank of the River Hull.
The civil parish of Wawne consists of the village of Wawne and the hamlet of Meaux. According to the 2011 UK census, Wawne parish had a population of 975, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 878.
Wawne was once the home of Ashe Windham, whose manor house was later replaced by housing for guards and other employees of Hull Prison. Historically, it was a crossing place across the River Hull, with the Wawne Ferry, a small barge which transported people and cattle across the river.
An alehouse at Wawne was first mentioned in the 1590s, and the Plough was named in 1666. Wawne and Meaux each had one or two licensed houses in the later 18th century, but only one was recorded from the 1820s, the Anchor, or Windham Arms, at Wawne, which stood at the river crossing and was kept by the ferryman. It was closed with the ferry in the 1940s, and the building was later used as a farmhouse. The Waggoners Arms, on Sutton Road, was opened in the 1970s and is still trading today. For a time the "Waggoners" became a Chinese restaurant which was noted for its bright orange roof. This easily identifies the village when viewed from the air by aircraft passing overhead on their way to Humberside Airport.
A small brick building was provided by the Windhams as a reading room in 1900, and evidently so used until 1926, when a First World War wooden hut was erected adjoining the room for a village institute. That hut was later replaced by another, and in the later 1980s a new brick-built village hall was put up on the site. The former reading room next door was used for church meetings. A library was run in Wawne Village Institute by the county council.
Before its 20th-century growth, the village had a cricket field on the south side of Main Street. That was replaced by another pitch, laid out on 1½ a. on the north side of Ferry Road, bought in 1963; in 1971 the parish council enlarged the site by c. ½ a., and in turn made tennis courts and a children's play area there. A pavilion had been added by the 1980s. Land south-east of the church was bought in 1966 for a new vicarage house but was later used instead for allotment gardens.
Access to the village is provided via Meaux Road. Wawne itself was effectively a cul-de-sac, with no through roads. However since 2002 development between the Public House and the village has taken the place of the old run down garage site.
The developments, St. Peters Walk and Church Lane have provided the village with new housing and made a more attractive approach to the main village, local volunteers have also arranged flowerbeds and farming antiquities around the street signs further enhancing the overall look of the village.
Both Ferry Road and Greens Lane terminate at the River Hull, where there is no crossing to the small village of Thearne on the opposite bank.
The village has Post Office situated on Main Street.
Wawne County Primary School is located on Greens Lane and hosts an annual Fete in July.
Flooding in 2007
The village was hit during the floods in June 2007, mainly in Oak Square, where a blocked drain caused water levels to rise two feet and about five houses were flooded. The rest of the village was safe from the rising waters, except for Meaux Road corner.
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