East Riding of Yorkshire
A dominant feature of the town is the partially ruined Howden Minster. The ruins of a 14th century chancel and chapter house are now preserved by English Heritage. They adjoin St Peter's Church, a cathedral-like minster which is still in use as the parish church.
After the Norman invasion of 1066, an earlier Anglo-Saxon church and the land around Howden was granted by William the Conqueror to Durham Priory.
In the late 13th century, the Bishop of Durham established a collegiate community of Canons at Howden. Building of the church began in the 1270s and continued into the mid-14th century. The building survived King Henry VIII's dissolution of monasteries, but was supressed by King Edward VI in 1550. There followed a lack of maintenance as well as damage caused by parliamentary troops as they marched through Howden in the Civil War in 1644 to lay siege to Wressle Castle, about three miles to the north-west. The roof of the choir collapsed in 1696 and that of the chapterhouse 54 years later.
Howden itself also began to decline in importance as Goole around 3 miles across the River Ouse to the south became an important port to the expanding industry of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The Shire Hall, built as a covered market and assembly rooms, has a Dutch-style stepped gable and mullioned windows. Its uses have also included a theatre and roller-skating rink and it continues in use today as a multi-functional community building which hosts local events as well as touring theatre and cinema shows.
In 1916, a site about two miles north of Howden became used as an airship station by the Royal Naval Air Service and later the Royal Air Force. In 1924, the site was bought by the Vickers company for the manufacture of its R100 airship, designed by Sir Barnes Wallis. The site continued in use until 1929, when airship manufacture was moved to Cardington in Bedfordshire. Chief engineer at Howden was Nevil Shute Norway, who later publshed novels as Nevil Shute.
The town is near to the River Ouse.
Howden has a historic minster.
Howden has local traders and a supermarket. Howden offers bakery goods, butchers, clothes, crafts, gifts and other goods.
The town has a Post Office.
The town has a pharmacy.
Howden has a choice of pubs.
Bistro and cafe dining can be found in Howden.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, sandwiches.
Howden has a museum - Howden Heritage Centre.
The town has a library with limited opening times.
Howden has a community centre.
The town has a cinema.
Howden has a theatre.
There are public toilets in the town.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist.
Howden stationStation managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: HULL TRAINS, NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Station is 1 mile north of town centre.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelHowden can be reached via the M62 A63 A614 B1228 B1230
Places to visit
Selby AbbeyThe Crescent, Selby
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Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish council
Provides some local services in the area.<
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now a unitary district rather than a county authority but the least changed of any of the historic Ridings of Yorkshire.
It does now cover a small part of the former West Riding, while it has lost portions of the historic East Riding to North Yorkshire and York.
Other towns in the East Riding include
The authority covers a near full range of council services, except the limited services handled by the various civil parish/town councils which exist throughout its area.
The 26 wards in the authority each elect one, two or three councillors to make up a 67 member council. An election for the entire council is held every four years with the most recent election in 2019.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council website .
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Fire AuthorityHumberside Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four unitary authorities served by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
Ceremonial countyEast Riding of Yorkshire
Historic1889-1974 West Riding of Yorkshire (county authority)
1974-1996 Part of a borough within the artificially-created county of Humberside