New Homes in East Riding of Yorkshire
A small yet bustling region of England, close to the rugged Yorkshire Coast
Encompassing the city Kingston upon Hull as well as the Yorkshire Wolds and the Humber Wetlands, East Yorkshire - otherwise known as the East Riding - is a small yet vibrant place to live. Whether you’re exploring museums, visiting the coast or enjoying some retail therapy, there’s lots to do just a stone’s throw from your new home in East Yorkshire.
East Yorkshire through the ages
The history of East Yorkshire stretches all the way back to 9,500 BC, with the discovery of Palaeolithic artefacts in the region. There’s also evidence that Mesolithic people lived in the area from around 8,300 BC to 4,000 BC, with the land being used for farming in places such as Huggate Dykes, Octon Wold and Garton Slack. Other finds in the area include a boat dating back an impressive 4,000 years, found near Hull.
During the Bronze Age and Iron Age, South Yorkshire became more populated, while the months just before the Norman saw the final defeat of the Vikings at the hand of King Harold II, who later went on to be killed by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. During Medieval times, the Yorkshire Wolds had many settlements, along with more than one thousand old Bronze Age barrows.
The biggest place in modern-day East Yorkshire is Hull, a city which thrived as a port during the 13th century, before trade suffered during the English Civil War. In the 18th century the port became busy once again, while the whaling trade and fishing also brought prosperity. After the First World War the city fell into decline, while the Second World War saw bombing in many parts of Hull. The fishing industry collapsed from the 1970s onwards, but the port was still used for importing timber from Europe. Today, Hull has been revived as the UK City of Culture 2017.
Must-know info for families
If you’re moving to East Yorkshire with a young and growing family, it’s good to know that there are lots of excellent schools in the region. According to Ofsted and the 2016 Real Schools Guide, the best secondary schools in the area include St Mary's College, South Hunsley School and Sixth Form, Beverley Grammar School, Beverley High School, Hull Trinity House Academy and Wolfreton School and Sixth Form. Kelvin Hall School, Woldgate School and Sixth Form, The Snaith School and The Market Weighton School are also top-rated.
As for higher education, the University of Hull is located in East Yorkshire, while the University of York, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University are all in commuting distance.
Places to see and things to do
When it comes to entertaining the kids, you won’t be short of ideas from your new home in East Yorkshire. The Deep is a popular aquarium in Hull, while Bridlington Bird of Prey and Animal Park is also popular with children young and old. Other family-friendly place to visit include Streetlife Hull Museum of Transport, Hull and East Riding Museum, Fort Paull, Flamborough Lighthouse Tours, and Hull Ice Arena.
If you and the family enjoy getting out in the great outdoors, there are plenty of chances to enjoy a breath of fresh air in East Yorkshire, whether you’re taking a relaxing Sunday stroll or getting the adrenaline pumping on a mountain biking adventure. Popular places to visit include Burnby Hall Gardens, Humber Bridge Country Park, Hornsea Beach and Danes Dyke Beach.
What about business?
Although industry in Hull has historically centred around the port and docks, today the city is home to a wide range of businesses and employers. Manufacturers Fenner, pork producers Cranswick, internet provider KCOM Group, the William Jackson Food Group and safety supplier Arco are all based in Hull, along with MKM Building Supplies, City Health Care Partnership, AAK (UK) and Andrew Marr International.
For commuters, the towns and cities in East Yorkshire and the county at large are connected by A roads, along with the M62 which runs from Hull all the way west to Liverpool. The car journey from Hull to York takes around 1 hour 15 minutes, or just 1 hour 5 minutes on the train, while the journey from Hull to Sheffield takes 1 hour 20 minutes by car, or around 5 minutes longer by train.
For travel further afield, the train from Hull to London takes just 2 hours 25 minutes, which is much quicker than the 4 hour drive via the M11. If you’re travelling abroad, the closest airport is in Humberside, while Doncaster Sheffield and Leeds Bradford Airports are both within 1 hour by car.