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West Riding
St Laurence Church Snaith.jpg
St Laurence Priory Church, Snaith
Grid reference: SE642220
Location: 53°41’28"N, 1°1’42"W
Post town: Goole
Postcode: DN14
Dialling code: 01405
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
Brigg and Goole

Snaith is a town in the West Riding of Yorkshire, approximately six miles west of Goole (on the A1041 at its junction with the A645). The M62 motorway runs a mile to the south. Snaith is about a mile south of the River Aire.

The town of Snaith together with the villages of East Cowick and West Cowick form together a civil parish known as Snaith and Cowick, which in 2011 had a recorded population of 3,579. The town continues to grow in size, due to the expanding Ben Bailey housing estate.

Snaith is the focal point of the local rural area. It has primary and secondary schools. The town exit and entry to the M62 is approximately five miles distant, giving access to Kingston-upon-Hull, Doncaster, Goole, Leeds and Castleford.


The name "Snaith" derives from the Old Norse word sneith, meaning "Piece of land cut off". Snaith was recorded in its modern-day form in c.1080, but in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Esneid.

Parish Church

The priory church of St Lawrence is low and wide, with pinnacles. The core of the church is Norman and Cruciform, and the tower is Early English and stands at the west end. The chancel is Decorated and the nave has Perpendicular arcades and a high clerestory.

Glass in the chancel window is by Francis Spear and there is a notable monument to Viscount Downe by Francis Chantrey.[1]

The church was designated in 1967 as a Grade I listed building.[2]

About the town

Snaith railway station

Snaith has a library, post office, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, opticians and petrol station. There is also a Co-operative store, and a variety of small retail, service and food outlets, including takeaways. The town has five public houses.


Snaith station is situated on the line approximately half way between Hull and Leeds. It is served by a railway station, with a limited service on the Pontefract Line from Leeds to Goole.

The town also has a regular bus service, and is central to the 400 and 401 bus services, which usually commute hourly between Selby and Goole.


  • Football: Snaith Juniors, formed in 1990 as Croda FC
("Wikimedia Commons" has material
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  1. Betjeman, John, ed (1968). Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins. p. 349. 
  2. National Heritage List 1161899: Church of St Lawrence
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10.