'I spent the morning in the historic village right on our doorstep'

-Credit: (Image: HULL DAILY MAIL)
-Credit: (Image: HULL DAILY MAIL)


Although Kingswood is one of the most modern, fastest-growing estates in the city, just a short walk along the River Hull lies one of the oldest parishes.

Wawne Village, sandwiched between the most northern point of Bransholme and Beverley Town, may only be home to a little under 1,000 residents, but has a history dating back a thousand years.

I spent the morning learning first-hand about the village so close to home.

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Back in the Domesday Book - which is similar to a modern-day Census - Wawne was written as Wagene/Waghen as early as 1086. It is assumed that it is a rough translation of 'shaking ground'.

Before separating, Wawne's parish covered a lot of Northern Eastern Hull, with Sutton and Stoneferry all formed as one in the Early Middle Ages. Now, the parish covers the ever-expanding Kingswood and North Bransholme.

Although Sutton and Wawne went their separate ways, the two villages, which are just over three miles apart, still maintain an unwritten friendship - with Sutton having its own museum dedicated to the two parishes' rich history.

Wawne's key landmark it its huge towering Church, St Peters, which holds some personal history being the place I was Christened.

Founder William de Gros gifted the monks with land in the parish as a sign of appreciation for their work. These are the same monks of Meaux Abbey who founded the city in the same century as a wool exporting destination, with much of the same chalk and stone quarried from Hessle and Brantingham likely used in St. Peter's construction.

St Peter's Church in Wawne
St Peter's Church in Wawne -Credit:Hull Live/Donna Clifford

Of the original 12th-century building, the cylindrical shafts, some square Norman stones and head-high carved stones - both on the west wall - are argued to remain, with no definitive answer. Nowadays, the church is a popular destination for weddings and baptisms in the wider area.

As I walked along the seemingly singular street which connects the whole village, I noticed a pub that was screaming out for some historic TLC. Waggoners is the first ‘landmark’ when driving via North Bransholme, and has now become overgrown and looked abandoned for some time. The former farm-turned-pub is currently listed on Garness Jones for £525,000.

Wandering further into the village I noticed the mix of different architecture. Main Street - the road connecting all of Wawne - looks pretty much like the definition of suburban England. A mix of new builds and older-looking cottages, combined with a small corner shop and Wawne Village Hall makes the village idyllic.

Although it might seem just like one road - Wawne feels both rural and suburban simultaneously
Although it might seem just like one road - Wawne feels both rural and suburban simultaneously -Credit:Hull Live

As I wandered around the Village Hall, there was a small cut-through that led onto a surprisingly well hidden piece of green land - ideal for dog walkers. The sun was out, my hay fever was flaring up and the birds were chirping - two of the three were complete bliss.

Though Main Street branches off into plenty of residential areas, I carried straight on towards Greens Lane. Suburbia turned more rural as dog walkers were replaced by grazing horses and farmland. The narrow road opened up to unveil the River Hull with a backdrop of Kingswood and Bransholme.

Although there was no immediate way to cross the river, back in the day there was a little ferry that shuttled people, horses and cars across the water. Dating back to the 1200s, the Wawne ferry helped people stay dry on their commute. The village's sole pub, the Windham Arms, on the river acted as a home for the ferryman by the 1800s.

Depending on the size of the vehicle, drivers were charged either sixpence or a shilling. However, the ferryman soon became obsolete with the opening of the Sutton Road Bridge barely three miles away, with the ferry being scrapped not long after the Second World War. The Windham Arms stayed for a few years after the last ferry left the slipway, until 1967.

Although there may not be a lot to see in Wawne, I still enjoyed my wander. The tranquil scenery and relaxed way of life means it’s a perfect place to spend a summer morning for families, walkers, and everyone in between. Better yet, it’s right on our doorstep, so there’s no excuse for not paying a visit.