Hessle Local History Society
Bringing the History of Hessle to You 
Welcome to the home page of the Hessle Local History Society website.
 Hessle Church and the Marquis of Granby c 1900.
Hessle is a small town in East Yorkshire, four miles to the west of Kingston Upon Hull. The town is, now, perhaps best known for being the site of the Humber Bridge, but it has a long and interesting history, some of which is recorded on these web pages.
Aims of the Society:
Hessle Local History Society exists to promote and encourage the history and traditions of the town of Hessle, and the study of its history.

Meetings and Activities
Society meetings take place in Hessle Town Hall from March to November (see Society News).
New members are welcome.

Next meeting 
March 21 2019 Michelle Beadle on Edwardian Hull

See Society News & Meetings for the 2019  programme.

The Society extends its condolences to the family of Malcolm Strachan who passed away on Christmas Day.

A service was held at  Tower Hill Methodist Church, Hessle, followed by a private committal. 

Malcolm was an active, and much valued member, of the Society for many years and worked hard to promote the history of the town, of which he had a great knowledge. His knowledge and wisdom will be greatly missed by his friends in the Society.

The Society is also sad to record the passing of former member Jennifer Johnson, who for many years ran a bookshop on Southgate opposite the Parish Hall.
Jennifer passed away earlier this month in a care home in Leicester where she had lived for some years. During her life Jennifer suffered from cerebral palsy but did not let this get in the way of leading a full life and running a successful bookshop she had not been beaten by Cerebral Palsy. She also studied at Hull University as a mature student and wrote a well researched  and informative dissertaion on Retailing in Hessle: 1850 - 1937.
Jennifer was a brave lady who campaigned for many important issues and was particularly concerned about World Peace. She was a member of HLHS for many years and contributed fully to the Society.Her funeral and cremation took place in Leicester but her spirit, will return to Hessle in the spring when her ashes will be scattered on the Humber.

Co-op Display
The Society has a display about the Fallen of World War l in the Co-op (at the back of the store).

Naming of new streets in Hessle
Three of the streets on the new Tranby Fields estate have been named after old Hessle families:
Ellerthorpe Close is named in memory of John Ellerthorpe, known as the Hero of the Humber for his saving of over forty lives; 
Barkworth Way is named after the Barkworth family of Tranby House; 
Locke Way is named after the Locke family of Hessle Mount. These names, along with others, were submitted to the Town Council some time ago and passed on to the EYCC.


Hessle c 1920
Hessle Chalk Quarries

The Society publishes a Newsletter which is available on subscription
An Index to the Newsletter is available on this web site.  
Site navigation
To navigate around the site simply click on the topic titles in the blue menu bar on the top left hand side of this page.
For further information contact Michael Free at mgfree@gmail.com or 01482 564577.
John Ellerthorpe - https://sites.google.com/site/johnellerthorpeheroofthehumber/home
FCA Voysey, Architect -  http://www.voyseysociety.org/

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©All photographs are taken from the HLHS photographic archive, unless otherwise stated. Maps and documents are from the HLHS archive collection.

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