Market Weighton

Coordinates: 53°51′51″N 0°39′45″W / 53.8642°N 0.6624°W / 53.8642; -0.6624
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Market Weighton
From the top, The High street, Statue of the Yorkshire Giant, All Saints Church
Market Weighton is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Market Weighton
Market Weighton
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population6,429 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE879417
Civil parish
  • Market Weighton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO43
Dialling code01430
UK Parliament
List of places
53°51′51″N 0°39′45″W / 53.8642°N 0.6624°W / 53.8642; -0.6624

Market Weighton (/ˌmɑːrkɪt ˈwtən/ WEE-tən) is a town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is one of the main towns in the East Yorkshire Wolds and lies midway between Hull and York, about 20 miles (32 km) from either one. According to the 2011 UK census, Market Weighton parish had a population of 6,429,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 5,212.[2]


The 19th-century English lexicographer Sir William Smith proposed Market Weighton as the location of the still-undiscovered Roman camp of Delgovicia. Historically the town was listed in the Domesday Book as "Wicstun" and was granted its charter to become a market town in 1251; the markets ceased in the nineteenth century.[3] Notable architecture includes: a parish church, parts of which are Norman, the Londesborough Arms (an 18th-century coaching inn), a Wesleyan chapel, a Methodist chapel and a high street still recognisable from the 19th century. Other sights of interest include the post office, the duck pond and Station Farm. Market Weighton history includes William Bradley, the Yorkshire Giant who at the age of 20 was 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) tall. In May of each year local residents take to the streets of Market Weighton for the Giant Bradley Day (formerly Giant Community Day) festival in a celebration of the life and times of William Bradley. Industry in the town is largely based on agriculture. The town is known geologically for having given its name to the Market Weighton Axis.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail, a long-distance footpath, passes through the town.


Market Weighton Town Council
Cllr Lionel Cashin
Cllr Diane Peaks
Kevin Keller
Seats13 Councillors[4]
12 / 13
1 / 16
1 / 13
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Town Hall, Market Weighton

As a civil parish, Market Weighton has a town council, which operates under the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

In 2003, after some local consultation, the Weighton Area Regeneration Partnership (WARP) adopted a slogan and logo, 'The Heart of East Yorkshire', intended to indicate both its central location in the county and the strength of the local community.[5] WARP was dissolved in 2012 but the phrase continued in use to promote the area and on local signage.


All Saints Church

Market Weighton has three churches. These are the All Saints Church, St John's Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The church dedicated to All Saints was designated a Grade I listed building in 1967 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[6]


The A1079 bypass

Market Weighton railway station was at the junction of the lines to Selby, Driffield, York and Beverley. The last train ran in 1965.[7] The abandoned lines to Beverley and to Selby are now used as public paths as the Hudson Way and Bubwith Rail Trail, respectively.

Bus services, provided by East Yorkshire Motor Services, link the town with Beverley, Hull, Pocklington, York, Holme on Spalding Moor, Driffield and Bridlington.

The three-mile £5.1 million A1079 bypass opened in March 1991.

The Minsters Rail Campaign is campaigning to re-open the railway line between Beverley and York (with stops at Stamford Bridge, Pocklington and Market Weighton). The re-opened railway would skirt the edge of the town, as the former alignment has since been built over.[8]


Local news and television programmes are provided by BBC Yorkshire and ITV Yorkshire. Television signals are received from the Emley Moor TV transmitter.[9] However, BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region is also the default BBC One variant given to Market Weighton postcodes on Channel 101 through satellite television such as Freesat.

Local radio stations are BBC Radio Humberside, Greatest Hits Radio East Yorkshire, Viking FM, Nation Radio East Yorkshire, Capital Yorkshire and Vixen 101 is a community based radio station which broadcast to the town.[10]

The town is served by the local newspaper, Hull Daily Mail.[11]


In the 1960s and 1970s Market Weighton had a Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealership owned by Robert B Massey and Company Ltd.[12]

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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Market Weighton Parish (1170211222)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Market Weighton Parish (1543504265)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ "History". Market Weighton Town Council. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Councillors". Market Weighton Town Council. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Town Launches Own Logo". BBC News Humber. BBC News Online. 21 June 2003. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1160460)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  7. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
  8. ^ "Market Weighton station location". Minsters Rail Campaign. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) Full Freeview transmitter". UK Free TV. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  10. ^ "Vixen 101". Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  11. ^ "Hull Daily Mail". British Papers. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2023.
  12. ^ "CalmView: Overview". Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  13. ^ "This Giant remains among friends" (PDF). The West In View. June 2006. p. 40. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  14. ^ Beddoe, D. (23 September 2004). "Foxley, Barbara (1860–1958), educationist and campaigner for women's rights". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/58474. Retrieved 29 January 2018. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  15. ^ "Frank Mitchell's obituary". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. 1936. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  16. ^ WISE. "Inspiration | Women in Aviation, the female inventor of the 'Lyon Shape'". Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 8.

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