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The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds

By Karen Thompson

Little Driffield

The huge horse chestnut trees stand stately in front of St Peter’s church, Little Driffield. St Peter’s is the burial place of Aldfrith, King Of Northumbria who died in 705. There is an interesting tablet in the chancel. Temple Moore was responsible for extensive restoration work to the church in 1889. There is a Norman tower-arch and other incorporated medieval fragments.

During Medieval times Little Driffield was a busy centre for trade. It held an annual trade fair for which people would travel miles to attend.

It is still renowned for its businesses, the little village has two public houses, The Rose and Crown and the Downe Arms as well as the clothing company which until recently was owned by Dewhirst’s but is now owned by Arcadia Clothing Company and situated on HorseFair Lane.

The Village has a pretty village green and pond where many people come to feed the ducks. The 1878 Chapel has now fallen into poor repair and the railway cottages which once stood along side the railway line which ran through Little Driffield are now privately owned dwellings.

The busy A166 up until a few years ago ran through Little Driffield but since the building of a by-pass it has left the village peaceful and serene.



The Little Driffield Digital Noticeboard

Message Recieved from : Judie Emmett
Subject : Mainprize/Bean families David and Molly decd


My mother Cathryn Ruth Hudson nee Mainprize is looking for the son of her cousin Molly, David Bean.

Any replies from other Mainprize connections would be very welcome. Mother is 87 and came to Australia in 1948


Message Recieved from : Judie Emmett
Subject : G.S.Brewster esq., Wool Merchant 1952


I am the daughter of Cathryn Ruth MAINPRIZE and we live in Australia (Melb). In 1952 my mother received a letter from Mr Brewster whom I believe may be related to us.

All my deceased Grandmothers effects had been sold in the village hall along with personal photos and belongings of my mother. Mr Brewster was forwarding the proceeds.

It would be a great thing if any of Mothers posessions or family photos of my Grandfather and Grandmother could be found.

We would be very grateful as we have none. Many thanks Judie


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Copyright 2000  MSH Photography

Little Driffield Village
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Copyright 2000  MSH Photography

St Peter’s Church - burial place of Aldfrith, King Of Northumbria who died in 705 AD
ÓMSH 2000






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