From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
West Riding
Boot and Shoe Inn Gowdall.jpg
Boot & Shoe Inn, Gowdall
Grid reference: SE622223
Location: 53°41’39"N, 1°3’31"W
Population: 356  (2011)
Post town: Goole
Postcode: DN14
Dialling code: 01405
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Brigg and Goole

Gowdall is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, about a mile west of the town of Snaith and a mile the north of the M62 motorway and the A645 road. It is found just south of the River Aire.

The 2011 census recorded a parish population of 356.


The name "Gowdall" originates from Old English. It translates as "Nook of land where marigolds grow", and is composed of the elements golde ("marigold") and halh ("nook of land").[1] The village is not mentioned in the Domesday Book but was recorded as Goldale at some time in the 12th century.[2]


Main Street, Gowdall

In 2000 the village was severely flooded, and made national news.[3] In February 2020, Gowdall along with other villages surrounding Snaith suffered from further flooding after the River Aire "over-topped".[4]

Until 2017, the village held a 'Scarecrow and Pumpkin Festival' in the autumn.[5]

The village formerly had a public house called The Boot and Shoe Inn. It has been closed since 2018.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Gowdall)


  1. Mills, Anthony David: 'A Dictionary of British Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  2. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 202 ISBN 0198691033
  3. Wainwright, Martin (23 November 2000). "Wet and forlorn, a village's misery continues". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/23/weather.climatechange. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. "Flooding Update – Snaith, Gowdall and East Cowick". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/features/flooding-update-snaith-gowdall-and-east-cowick/. Retrieved 28 February 2020. 
  5. "Fantastic day out". Goole Courier. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080706121945/http://www.goolecourier.co.uk/picture-profile/Fantastic-day-out.3428041.jp. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 6.