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St Nicholas' Church, South Ferriby
South Ferriby shown within Lincolnshire
|Population||651 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||155 mi (249 km) S|
|Unitary authority||North Lincolnshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Brigg and Goole|
South Ferriby is a village in North Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary and 3 miles (5 km) west from the Humber Bridge. North Ferriby is directly opposite on the Estuary’s north bank. Village population was 651 in 2011.
South Ferriby dates back at least to Roman times when there was a major settlement. It is known locally as one of the 'Low Villages' at the bottom of a chalk escarpment, where the chalk meets the clay to give, before piped water, a plentiful water supply. It also marks the point where the Lincolnshire Wolds meet the Humber Estuary and was, as the name suggests, the southern end of an ancient ferry over the Humber to North Ferriby. The entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 records a church, a mill and two ferries. To sustain two ferries suggests that a prosperous trading community must have been flourishing at the time.[according to whom?]
South Ferriby was once[when?] two villages, Ferriby Sluice with its strong connection to brick manufacture and other activities on the River Ancholme and South Ferriby with two farms that are still operational. The village has a general store with post office, garage, primary school and two public houses: the Nelthorpe Arms, named after the family who at the beginning of the 19th century owned over half the village (and still have major holdings today) and down by the Sluice,[clarification needed] the Hope and Anchor which looks out over the Humber with Read's Island and its wildlife.
The parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas, appears[to whom?] to be the remnant of a much larger church; it is a structure consisting of nave, south transept, north porch and an embattled tower with pinnacles at the south-east corner containing 3 bells. Over the porch is an ancient semicircular stone, on which is a sculptured figure of St Nicholas, vested in alb and mitre and holding a pastoral staff in his left hand and on either side are symbolical figures of the Sun and Moon. It is thought[by whom?] that the unusual north-south alignment of the current church is a legacy of a rebuild following a landslip that claimed much of the earlier building originally aligned on the traditional east-west axis.
Ferriby Hall is now a nursing home but was a private house at least until the 1960s. In 1953 some contents of the house were lent to Hull Museum on permanent loan. The house was owned in the 1960s by the Booty Family but had to be sold after Leonard Booty, grandson of Frederick Booty absconded with the family inheritance.
The village was badly flooded in the storm surge of December 2013.
South Ferriby lies on the route of the Viking Way, the 147 miles (237 km) long-distance footpath from the Humber Bridge to Oakham, and is on the side of an escarpment overlooking the Ancholme valley. The A1077 climbs the steep escarpment at this point, and meets the B1204 from the south, which follows the escarpment to Elsham Hall Country Park (former A15 road) via Horkstow. The A1077 is sometimes closed to let boats through the sluice.
Employment is chiefly in nearby towns, with use of convenient transport links, but with some village home working.
The only industry is the cement works. The plant, owned by Cemex (formerly Rugby Cement, and before that Eastwood's Humber Cement), is a prominent landmark in the village, and obtains its raw material from the Middlegate Lane quarry on the hill above. There is an overhead conveyor belt that passes to the south of the village from the Middlegate Lane quarry to the cement processing works to the south-west over the River Ancholme.
- ONS data
- Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, 4th Ed, p 178
- Ellwood, Stephen (18 February 2016) - Grandson of Leonard Booty
- Cole, Nick (6 December 2013). "Village Devastated". Scunthorpe Telegraph.
Roy Holloway, the chairman of the parish council said: "This is the worst day in the history of the village"