North Cave

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North Cave
East Riding
All Saints Church North Cave 1.jpg
All Saints Church, North Cave
Grid reference: SE894325
Location: 53°46’55"N, 0°38’40"W
Population: 1,667  (2011)
Post town: Brough
Postcode: HU15
Dialling code: 01430
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Haltemprice and Howden

North Cave is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, fifteen miles to the west of Kingston upon Hull city centre on the B1230 road. South Cave is approximately two miles to the south-east.

The parsh church, All Saints, is a Grade I listed building.[1]


In 1823, Baines stated that William the Conqueror gave the lordship of both North and South Cave to Jordayne, who took the surname 'Cave'.[2] This anecdote is not supported by evidence in the Domesday Book, however. which does not list any landholder named "Jordayne". The book identifies several lords and tenants-in-chief for both North and South Cave; beside the King himself, Robert Malet appears to be the primary landholder in 1086. William I died in 1087, and some land may have transferred after 1086, but more evidence is required to lend credence to this family origin story.

In 1823 North Cave was a civil parish in the Wapentake of Harthill and the Liberty of St Peter's. The Metham family of Metham had at North Cave a house which had been demolished. Existing at the time were a Methodist and a Quaker chapel. Population was 783, with occupations including seven farmers, two butchers, two corn millers, four shoemakers, five shopkeepers, two tailors, two wheelwrights, a blacksmith, two butchers, a paper maker, a bricklayer, two surveyors, one for highways the other for taxes, a schoolmaster, a gardener who was also the parish clerk, and the landlords of The White Horse and Black Swan public houses. Resident were three yeomen, a surgeon, a vicar, a gentleman and two gentlewomen. A carrier operated between the village and Hull twice a week. A Hull to London coach passed through the village twice a day.[2]

The Metham family held the old North Cave Manor house and built Hotham Hall as their new residence on the same estate. The grounds of North Cave manor house were landscaped by Sir George Montgomery Metham, owner 1763–1773. The Hotham estate was sold to Robert Burton in 1773, who incorporated the grounds of the manor house into those of Hotham Hall.[3] The Metham family retained North Cave Manor, which later passed through inheritance to the Carver family who still own the site today, part of which operates as the Williams Den adventure playground.[4]

North Cave was served by North Cave railway station on the Hull and Barnsley Railway between 1885 and 1955.[5]


North Cave War Memorial

North Cave has a public house and a Church of England primary school. Its Sports and Social Club holds an annual Gala Day in June, Bonfire night in November and other events throughout the year. It has an equipped and safe play area for younger children.

The village hall has undergone improvements and holds events and a play group for toddlers. It is the location for a local amateur dramatic group, the Cave Players, established for over 25 years, with pantomime and May productions.

To the north of the village is Hotham Hall, which is a Grade II* listed building.[6] The stable block at the hall is also listed as Grade II*.[7]

North Cave Wetlands is a nature reserve of regional and national significance, containing a wide biodiversity. It attracts visitors from across the region.


  • Village Link circulating in this and nighbouring villages, is produced by a team of volunteers.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about North Cave)


  1. National Heritage List 1203419: Church of All Saints (Grade I listing)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823); page 186
  3. "Hotham Hall". 
  4. "Our story". 
  5. 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. 
  6. National Heritage List 1203450: Hotham Hall (Grade II* listing)
  7. National Heritage List 1346681: Stable Block at Hotham Hall (Grade II* listing)
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 8.