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East Riding
Church Street, Bubwith.jpg
Church Street, Bubwith
Grid reference: SE711363
Location: 53°49’5"N, 0°55’9"W
Population: 1,225  (2011)
Post town: Selby
Postcode: YO8
Dialling code: 01757
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Haltemprice and Howden

Bubwith is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, found about six miles north-east of Selby, and twelve miles south-east of York. It sits on the east bank of the River Derwent, between Selby and Market Weighton on the A163 road.

Parish church

The parish church, All Saints, dates from the 12th century and is built in white Tadcaster stone. Some Norman stonework remains, but the structure dates mainly from the 13th to 15th centuries.

The church was restored in 1894-5 by C. Hodgson Fowler and Ewan Christian.[1] The church is a Grade I listed building.[2]


The ancient parish of Bubwith also covers the village of Breighton and the hamlets of Gunby and Willitoft, but its location on and crossing over the River Derwent led to its becoming the largest settlement in the area.[3]

The village's name means Bubba's wood, Bubba being a Scandinavian male name. It is listed as "Bobewyth" in the 11th-century accounts of Selby Abbey.[4]

In Domesday Book of 1086, Bubwith is written as "Bubuid". Before the Norman Conquest, lordship was held by Alwin and Ketil: after the Conquest, Gilbert Tison became tenant-in-chief.[5]

Derwent Bridge, Bubwith

Though there has been a recorded river crossing since at least the year 1200, the present bridge over the Derwent, consisting of three limestone arches and several flood arches, replaced a "dangerous and inconvenient" ferry service when it was built in 1798. Crossing the bridge required a toll until 1936, with the original costs amounting to three shilling for six horses, and 10 pence for twenty head of oxen. Certain vehicles, such as funeral processions, were exempt from the toll.[3]

The former railway station in 1961

The railways reached the village in 1848, and Bubwith had its own station on the Selby to Driffield Line.[6] It closed to passengers in 1954.[7]

Breighton was also used as the site of an airfield for Halifax, Wellington and Lancaster bombers during the Second World War.[3]

The village was the home of ARTTS International, the film and television training centre established by John Sichel, until it closed in 2005.[8]


Former Arts theatre

There are six acres of playing fields for the local cricket club and three local football clubs. The site holds three tennis courts used by the Bubwith Tennis Club.[9] There is a licensed bar, and sports hall that runs events and weekly classes in Zumba, Tai Chi, Boxfit and Salsa. The Cyril Wiles Room is used for Pilates and Yoga and the daily Bubwith 'Under fives'. The Centre is also used by the local community for private parties and the Youth Club.

Village amenities include an off-licence with delicatessen, The White Swan public house, a store, an Indian restaurant, and a butcher's.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Bubwith)


  1. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: York & East Riding, 1972; 1995 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09593-7page 359
  2. National Heritage List 1310699: Church of All Saints (Grade I listing)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Information notice board, car park, Bubwith Toll Bridge.
  4. "Survey of English Place-Names: Bubwith". http://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/browse/East+Riding+of+Yorkshire/Bubwith/53285499b47fc40a4d000472-Bubwith. Retrieved 30 April 2020. 
  5. Bubwith in the Domesday Book
  6. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  7. Bairstow, Martin (1990). Railways In East Yorkshire. Martin Bairstow. ISBN 1-871944-03-1. 
  8. "Tanya's big picture on tiny tearaways". Yorkshire Post. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 27 January 2006. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/Tanya39s-big-picture-on-tiny.1330361.jp. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  9. "Bubwith Tennis Club". https://bubwithtennisclub.co.uk/. Retrieved 19 March 2021. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 4.