The history of Newton upon Derwent in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
We've compiled a history of our village and recorded it in chronological order. As King George V1 is attributed to have said ' the history of York is the history of England'. The same can be said of Newton. However it is surprising to find that although the parish is small and almost insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it becomes obvious that the great landmarks in British history affected Newton in surprising ways.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge for example, took place on 25th September 1066, only 4 miles away from Newton. The same army then marched to Hastings to prevent the Norman invasion on 14th October. After the anglo-saxon King Harold Godwinson was killed and William, the Duke of Normandy, became the Conqueror, the composition of the British Isles...and Newton, was changed forever.
Pocklington Heritage Project
There have been three recent major excavations in Pocklington, in the Burnby Lane, The Mile and the Yapham Road areas of the town. These have revealed items which included two unprecedented Iron Age chariots and the site of a rare mid-Anglo Saxon settlement.
It would not be surprising to discover further remains within the parish of Newton.
The Giant's Hill tumuli in Sutton Wood, and the Round Hill near Mask Lane might still be concealing Iron Age items.
1851 ...and all that
There's a wealth of information surrounding the national and local events that took place in 1851.
The major event was the Great Exhibition. This definitely created a' ripple effect' and it would be interesting to write a presentation linking all these events and how they affected the lives of the inhabitants of Newton.
Farming from 1946 to 2021
Using the material, maps and memories that Wilf Davis recorded, it would be interesting to create another presentation comparing the farming industry as it was in 1946 and to the present day.
Within those 75 years, Newton has changed from being an agrarian society to being a commuter village.
You might find the Woodborough Heritage website of interest. With over 3,000 photos, this Nottinghamshire village has recorded the changing scenes of village