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Whitgift, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Whitgift is a small linear hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Goole. It is located alongside the River Ouse and north of the A161 road between Goole and Scunthorpe. Ousefleet and Reedness are to the east and west respectively. It forms part of the civil parish of Twin Rivers. Historically Whitgift was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.


There was for many years a Whitgift ferry, which may originally have predated the village.


Whitgift Church clock has a 13
Whitgift Church clock has a 13

The Church of Mary Magdalene (on the Whitgift side of the border between Whitgift and Reedness) dates from 1304 (replacing an earlier building, 11th-12th century or earlier). It has a famous clock with an unusual feature: instead of 12 (XII in Roman numerals) it has a 13 (XIII).[1] Reasons vary, but local rumour relates that it may be due to the church being adjacent to a pub (now closed) at which the painter imbibed before completing the job.[1] The church was designated a Grade I listed building in 1967 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[2]


Whitgift is also notable for Whitgift Hall, a grade II* listed Georgian manor house built in 1704 by a family called Stephenson.[3] Since it was built, it has undergone significant change. For example, bay windows were added and the current owners have a caravan site and fishing pond.


Whitgift Lighthouse
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Whitgift Lighthouse
East Riding of Yorkshire
Coordinates53°41′56″N 0°45′27″W / 53.698847°N 0.757568°W / 53.698847; -0.757568
Year first constructedlate 1900s
Foundationoctagonal prism brick basement
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternunpainted basement, white tower and lantern
Tower height14 metres (46 ft)
Focal height12 metres (39 ft)
CharacteristicF R
Admiralty numberA2571.9
ARLHS numberENG-185
Managing agentPort of Hull and Goole[4]

Whitgift lighthouse was erected just north of the village in the late 19th century, for the Aire and Calder Navigation: a five-storey cream-painted tower with a stone base, it stands 46 ft (14 m) high. It remains operational, a waymark for ships travelling to and from Goole docks, and is Grade II listed.[5]


Other features include a Methodist chapel, but Whitgift mainly consists of a sparse strip of houses spread out over its length bounded by the River Ouse to the north and fields to the south looking towards Eastoft.


The place-name 'Whitgift' is first attested in a Yorkshire charter of circa 1080, where it appears as Witegift, and in a charter of 1232 where it appears as Whitegift. The name is thought to mean 'Hviti's or Hwita's gift'.[6]

Whitgift was previously a civil parish that was part of the Goole Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1894 to 1974, then in Boothferry district of Humberside until 1996.


  1. ^ a b "Whitgift". Goole on the Web. Retrieved 12 December 2006.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Mary Magdalene (1083151)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Whitgift Hall Including Attached Walls to North Outbuildings and Screen Wall to South East (1083149)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ Whitgift The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 7, 2016
  5. ^ Jones, Robin (2014). Lighthouses of the North East Coast. Wellington, Somerset: Halsgrove. ISBN 9780857042347.
  6. ^ Ekwall, Eilert. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names. p. 514.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 11.

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