Whitgift, East Riding of Yorkshire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Whitgift, dyke and Ouse.jpg
Whitgift and the Ouse
Whitgift is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE815228
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGOOLE
Postcode districtDN14
Dialling code01405
UK Parliament
List of places
53°41′44″N 0°45′57″W / 53.695503°N 0.765778°W / 53.695503; -0.765778Coordinates: 53°41′44″N 0°45′57″W / 53.695503°N 0.765778°W / 53.695503; -0.765778

Whitgift is a small linear village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Goole. It is located alongside the River Ouse and north of the A161 road between Goole and Scunthorpe. Ousefleet and Reedness are to the east and west respectively. It forms part of the civil parish of Twin Rivers. Historically Whitgift was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.


There was for many years a Whitgift ferry, which may originally have predated the village.


Whitgift Church clock has a XIII

The Church of Mary Magdalene (on the Whitgift side of the border between Whitgift and Reedness) dates from 1304 (replacing an earlier building, 11th–12th century or earlier). It has a famous clock with an unusual feature: instead of 12 (XII in Roman numerals) it has a 13 (XIII).[1] Reasons vary, but local rumour relates that it may be due to the church being adjacent to a pub (now closed) at which the painter imbibed before completing the job.[1] The church was designated a Grade I listed building in 1967 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[2]


Whitgift is also notable for Whitgift Hall, a grade II* listed Georgian manor house built in 1704 by a family called Stephenson.[3] Since it was built, it has undergone significant change. For example, bay windows were added and the current owners have a caravan site and fishing pond.


Whitgift Lighthouse
Whitgift lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 933858.jpg
Whitgift Lighthouse
East Riding of Yorkshire
OS gridSE8212723205
Coordinates53°41′56″N 0°45′27″W / 53.698847°N 0.757568°W / 53.698847; -0.757568
Constructedlate 1900s
Foundationoctagonal prism brick basement
Constructionbrick tower
Height46 feet (14 m)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingsunpainted basement, white tower and lantern
OperatorPort of Hull and Goole[4]
HeritageGrade II listed building[5]
Focal height39 feet (12 m)
CharacteristicF R

Whitgift lighthouse was erected just north of the village in the late 19th century, for the Aire and Calder Navigation: a five-storey cream-painted tower with a stone base, it stands 46 ft (14 m) high. It remains operational, a waymark for ships travelling to and from Goole docks, and is Grade II listed.[6]


Other features include a Methodist chapel, but Whitgift mainly consists of a sparse strip of houses spread out over its length bounded by the River Ouse to the north and fields to the south looking towards Eastoft.


The place-name 'Whitgift' is first attested in a Yorkshire charter of circa 1080, where it appears as Witegift, and in a charter of 1232 where it appears as Whitegift. The name is thought to mean 'Hviti's or Hwita's gift'.[7]

Whitgift was previously a civil parish that 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.


  1. ^ a b "Whitgift". Goole on the Web. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (1083151)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Whitgift Hall Including Attached Walls to North Outbuildings and Screen Wall to South East (1083149)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Eastern England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Lighthouse On Bank Of River Ouse (1346751)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  6. ^ Jones, Robin (2014). Lighthouses of the North East Coast. Wellington, Somerset: Halsgrove. ISBN 9780857042347.
  7. ^ Ekwall, Eilert. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names. p. 514.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 11.

External links[edit]