Rowley, Yorkshire

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Rowley, Yorkshire
East Riding
Saint Peter's Church, Rowley.jpg
St Peter's Church, Rowley
Grid reference: SE978327
Location: 53°46’54"N, 0°31’2"W
Population: 1,015  (2011[1])
Post town: Cottingham
Postcode: HU20
Dialling code: 01482
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Haltemprice and Howden

Rowley is a small village and parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is situated a mile south of Little Weighton and approximately six miles south-west of Beverley town centre.

The civil parish is formed by the villages of Rowley and Little Weighton together with the hamlets of Bentley, High Hunsley, Risby and part of the hamlet of Riplingham.

According to the 2011 UK census, Rowley parish had a population of 1,015,[1] a decrease on the 2001 UK census figure of 1,030.[2] The village of Rowley is now mostly depopulated, leaving only a few houses, and most of the population is now in Little Weighton.


Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, who became Rector of Rowley in 1621, was suspended from the parish church in 1638 for his non-conformist beliefs. Following this, he led 20 families to emigrate to the American colonies, where he founded the town of Rowley, Massachusetts in 1639. The emigrants sailed from Hull in the John of London, probably a merchant ship of around 200 tons, probably in June 1638, arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in August.[3]

One of those 20 families was the Grants, who are direct forebears of the model Jodie Kidd, as revealed in a 2008 edition of the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?.

Also among the 1638 emigrants were two brothers, Richard and Thomas Wickham.[4]:2 Samuel, a son of Thomas, settled in Rhode Island and became a Freeman of the Colony and a Deputy.[4]:3 Another descendant, Captain John Clements Wickham R.N. served on the Beagle on its voyage with Charles Darwin and was later the first Magistrate and administrator of Queensland.[4]

Rev. Levett Edward Thoroton, son of Col. Thomas Blackborne Thoroton Hildyard of Flintham Hall, Flintham, Nottinghamshire, was rector of Rowley for 23 years. He is commemorated by a tablet on the south aisle of St Peter's Church in Rowley.[5] The Hildyard family had a long association with Rowley and its church, where they were patrons of the living. The local church contains many memorials to the family. The church was designated a Grade-II* listed building in 1968..[6]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Rowley CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  2. "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Rowley CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  3. Graystone, Rev. Philip (1993). Elizabeth Jackson of Rowley. Hull: Lampada Press. ISBN 1-873811-02-0. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 C.G. Drury Clarke (1984) "Captain John Clements Wickham, R.N. his antecedents and descendants", Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Vol. 12 no. 1, pp 1–25, ISSN 0085-5804 (Royal Historical Society of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland).
  5. Hall, John George (1892). "A History of South Cave, And of Other Parishes in the East Riding of the County of York" (PDF). Hull: Edwin Ombler. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  6. National Heritage List 1347015: Church of Saint Peter
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 9.