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East Riding
All Saints Church, Nafferton - - 697123.jpg
All Saints Church, Nafferton
Grid reference: TA055593
Location: 54°1’10"N, 0°23’25"W
Population: 2,433  (2011)
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25
Dialling code: 01377
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Nafferton is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, about two miles north-east of Driffield town centre, and just south of the A614 road.

The village is served by Nafferton railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line from Kingston upon Hull to Scarborough. According to the 2011 census, Nafferton parish had a population of 2,433.


Archaeological evidence for settlement in the area dates back to the Mesolithic. Early hunter-gatherers established temporary camp sites throughout the area, subsisting from woodlands foraging, deer, boars, bears, and wild cattle.

The nearby Yorkshire Wolds were later the site of substantial human activity during the Neolithic and the area features burial mounds, with frequent finds of stone-age technology.

According to A Dictionary of British Place Names the name Nafferton probably derives from "Nattfari", an Old Norse person name, with "tun", the Old English word for a farmstead or enclosure.[1]

Nafferton is listed in the Domesday Book as "Nadfartone".[2] At the time of the survey the settlement was in the Wapentake of Torbar, and the East Riding of Yorkshire. There were 6½ households, 13 villeins, 17½ ploughlands, a meadow, and a mill. In 1066 Karli son of Karli held the Lordship: this had transferred by 1086 to William of Percy, who also became Tenant-in-chief to the King. A second Domesday entry for Nafferton shows Bark as a further 1066 Lord, whose land and authority had been taken in entirety by the King.[2]

Nafferton Methodist Church

In 1823 Nafferton was noted as a parish in the Wapentake of Dickering. The parish was under the patronage of the Archbishop of York. A Methodist and an Independent chapel, and a small endowed school existed. Population at the time was 917. Occupations included sixteen farmers & yeomen, two blacksmiths, four bricklayers and one brick maker, two carpenters, six grocers, five shoemakers, three tailors, two drapers, an earthenware dealer, a gardener, a plumber & glazier, a horse dealer, a cabinet maker, a rope & twine and a linen manufacturer, a schoolmaster, and the landlords of The Bell, The Cross Keys, The King's Head, and The White Horse public houses. Residents included the parish curate and two gentlemen. A Hull to Scarborough coach was routed through Nafferton "during the bathing season". A carrier operated between the village and Driffield, and Bridlington, once a week.[3]

The oldest surviving building in the village is the church, parts of which date from the 13th century. The church dedicated to All Saints is a Grade I listed building.[4] Its best-known vicar was the parson-naturalist Francis Orpen Morris (1810–1893), author of highly successful books on birds, butterflies and moths.

The Mere, a large expanse of water fed by natural springs, was formerly a mill pond.[5] The mere is drained via sluice gates into a mill race running through private gardens. The race feeds a non-functioning but still existing wood and steel overshot waterwheel. The mill race drains into Nafferton Beck, and subsequently into the River Hull

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  1. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nafferton in the Domesday Book
  3. Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823); page 371
  4. National Heritage List 1346661: Church of All Saints (Grade II listing)
  5. East Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes (1991). The East Yorkshire Village Book. The Villages of Britain. Newbury: Countryside Books. pp. 147–148. ISBN 1-85306-138-7. 
  • Harrison, Stephen, ed (2000). Nafferton: A Living Past. Hull: Nafferton Millennium Committee. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 8.