Market Place, Driffield
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According to the 2001 Census, Driffield parish had a population of 11,477.
Name of the town
Driffield contains a small community hospital, small fire, police and ambulance stations, several churches - the largest being All Saints' Parish Church, whose bells were restored for the millennium - and a fairly small high street. There is also an area of parkland close to the parish church alongside the stream (Driffield Beck) that runs roughly parallel to the high street.
It is also tradition for the townspeople of Driffield to congregate in the market place on New Year's Eve and listen for the church bells ringing in the new year.
"Scrambling" is age-old tradition is unique to the town of Driffield and has its origins in the 18th century. The event takes place a couple of days into the New Year. Children walk through the main street shouting an ancient rhyme to shopkeepers in return for money and goodies: <cquote>"Here we are at our town end...A Bottle of rum and a crown to spend...Are we downhearted?..No!...Shall we win?...Yes!..."</cquote>
- Cricket: Driffield Cricket Club
- Golf: an 18-hole golf club that has been at its present location since 1934.
- Football: Driffield Mariners Football Club
- Rugby: Driffield Rugby Union Football Club
Driffield was home to one of the finest of English 19th century woodblock colour printers, Benjamin Fawcett, and the artist who worked for him, Alexander Francis Lydon.
RAF Driffield was targeted by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. On 15 August 1940, a raid by Junkers 88s resulted in 14 deaths and many injuries.
RAF Driffield was the site of the first death in the WAAF during the Second World War.
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- Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 151.
- Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 5.