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East Riding
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Brantingham Pond
Grid reference: SE940295
Location: 53°45’13"N, 0°34’32"W
Population: 370  (2011)
Post town: Brough
Postcode: HU15
Dialling code: 01482
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Haltemprice and Howden

Brantingham is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, about two miles north of Brough, twelve miles west of the Riding's one city, Kingston upon Hull and north of the A63 road. The 2011 census gave the parish had a population of 370,

Parish church

The Church of All Saints is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


The noble family of Brantingham (or de Brantingham), which included Ralph de Brantingham, King's Chamberlain to King Edward III, and Thomas de Brantingham, Lord Treasurer under the same king and later Bishop of Exeter, originally came from the village. In 1333, Lewis de Beaumont, a French-born Bishop of Durham described by a chronicler as "semi-literate, avaricious, and fitfully prodigal", died in the village. He had played some part in defending Northumberland and Durham from Scottish incursions.[2]

The duck pond, Brantingham

About the village

The village has a duck pond, and one pub, the Triton Inn, formerly a coaching inn on the road west out of Hull, which was then an important staging post on the road between Welton and South Cave. At the time the inn was called The Tiger and had a wheelwrights and an agricultural engineer (Mr Watson) in the yard at the front. The name became the Wounded Tiger in the 1850s, but took its present name in the 1860s after the triton in the family crest of the Sykes family, who bought nearby Brantingham Thorpe. They owned the pub and another Triton Inn on their Sledmere estate just north of Driffield.

Roman remains

Main article: Brantingham Roman villa

The site of Brantingham Roman villa is found at the other end of the long lane leading south-east from the village, known as Brantingham Outgang. The villa would have been associated with the Roman town at Petuaria Civitas Parisiorum (Brough-on-Humber) until the latter burnt down some time in the mid-4th century. In what is nowadays a flat, gated area located next to a large wood overlooking the main road between South Cave and Elloughton, traces of the villa (in the form of mosaic floors and hypocaust-heated rooms) were first discovered in late September 1941 (in what had been a working quarry since the Middle Ages and into the 1980s). As a result of the quarrying there is now no trace today, but an aerial survey made during the war confirmed the presence of Roman buildings associated with the villa on the other side of the modern road.

This Roman site attracted later notoriety in 1948, when a team of archaeologists from the Hull and East Riding Museum prepared the first of a group of mosaic pavements found at the villa site during the war, for removal. Overnight it was stolen and although the rest were safely recovered to the museum and are on display to this day, the missing first one has never been found. Neither has it ever been established exactly how it was stolen. This art theft was later taken by the historical novelist Clive Ashman as the basis for his novel MOSAIC – the Pavement that Walked (Voreda Books) which provides a fictionalised account of both the 1941 discoveries, police investigations into the 1948 theft, and the original fate of the Roman villa. Today, only a full-colour scale drawing of the reconstruction, done by the mosaic expert David Neal from black-and-white photographs shows what the stolen mosaic would have looked like.[3]

Sport and leisure

  • Rugby union: Hull Ionians, whose home ground since 1995 is Brantingham Park.[4]

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail, a long distance footpath, passes through the village.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Brantingham)


  1. National Heritage List 1103351: Church of All Saints (Grade II* listing)
  2. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=encyclopaedia }}
  3. Smith, David (2005). Roman Mosaics at Hull. pp. 27 ff. ISBN 0904490-34-3. 
  4. "Club History". Hull Ionians RUFC (Pitchero). Retrieved 3 January 2018. 

Further reading

  • "Brantingham Roman Villa: discoveries in 1962", J. Liversedge, D. J. Smith and I. M. Stead. Britannia – A Journal of Romano-British and kindred studies, Vol. 4, 1973
  • Roman Mosaics in Britain: An Introduction to their schemes and a catalogue of paintings – D. S. Neal, 1981
  • Brading, Brantingham and York: a new look at some fourth-century mosaics – R. Ling. Britannia - A Journal of Romano-British and kindred studies, Vol. 22, 1991
  • Roman Humberside (2nd ed.) Humberside County Council Archaeology Unit: B. Sitch and A. Williams, 1992.
  • Roman Mosaics of Britain: Vol. I: Northern Britain incorporating the Midlands & East Anglia: – D. S. Neal and S. R. Cosh, Society of Antiquaries of London, 2002. Illuminata Publishers
  • The Roman Mosaics at Hull D. S. Smith (3rd edition) 2005, M. Foreman and D. Crowther, Hull & East Riding Museums and Art Gallery.
  • Ashman, Clive (2008). Mosaic. Voreda Books. ISBN 978-0-9556398-0-7. 
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 4.