Gowdall is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the town of Snaith, 1 mile to the north of the M62 motorway and the A645 road, and just south of the River Aire.
In the year 2000 the village was severely flooded, and made national news.
Each October, before 2017 when the annual festival permanently ceased to occur, Gowdall residents hosted a 'Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival'.
The name "Gowdall" originates from Old English. It translates as "Nook of land where marigolds grow", and is composed of the elements golde ("marigold") and halh ("nook of land"). The village was not mentioned in the Domesday Book but was recorded as Goldale sometime in the 12th century.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gowdall Parish (1170211190)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Gowdall CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
- Wainwright, Martin (23 November 2000). "Wet and forlorn, a village's misery continues". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- "Fantastic day out". Goole Courier. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
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- Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 202. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
- Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 6.
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