East Riding of Yorkshire
The town is bypassed by the M62 motorway which runs less than a mile to the south of Snaith, but with junctions with the motorway six miles distant.
Snaith Priory, dedicated to St Laurence, is a dominant feature of the small town. The oldest parts of the church date back to before 1150 and much of the building is the work of the Benedictine monks of Selby Abbey. In 1310, the Archbishop of York pronounced that two monks from Selby Abbey should become resident at the church at Snaith, and one of these was styled prior.
Market Place is an attractive street of old buildings leading to the Priory and the location of markets and fairs which were given a royal charter back in 1223. Once an important weekly event in the town, markets are now only held occassionally, including the Snaith and Cowick Christmas Market on the first Saturday in December.
Snaith now shares regeneration plans and a town council with the neighbouring villages of West Cowick and East Cowick which have seen some new residential development in recent years in this otherwise agricultural area.
Snaith has a railway station, but very few trains stop there.
Snaith has a historic priory church. See our Abbeys page for more about Yorkshire's abbeys and priories.
The town is near to the River Aire.
Snaith has local traders and a supermarket. Snaith offers bakery goods, butchers, flowers and other goods.
The town has a Post Office branch.
Snaith has a cash machine.
The town has a pharmacy.
Snaith has a choice of pubs.
Pub food is available in Snaith.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, pizzas.
The town has a library.
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist.
Places to stay in Snaith include inn accommodation.
Snaith was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Station managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelSnaith can be reached via the A645 A1041
Places to visit
Selby AbbeyThe Crescent, Selby
More information at
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilSnaith and Cowick Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
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