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Historic maps of Hessle and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Hessle maps
Hessle area books
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Memories of Hessle
Fishing for eels here, especially during the school holidays. Loved watching the ships built by Dunstons being side-launched into the water - huge waves! Also saw the 'Winston Churchill' being built and eventually launched after it blew over during construction.
My grandparents lived in a cottage fronting the River Humber where the Humber Bridge is now. My grandfather worked in the whitening mill near what was then called LITTLE SWITZERLAND. It is now, I believe, a country park. Their name was DIXON and they were my late mother's parents. We used to spend our holidays there every year, including the war years, and I can remember the light ship nearly opposite the cottage. We used to attend what was the United Methodist Church in Hessle village. I still have happy memories of these years and have walked many times along the foreshore towards Ferriby, seeing the small boats moored alongside.
Hessle church was and is an example of fine architecture with one of the finest organs in the county. I joined the church choir and attended most services, we were paid for something we enjoyed. I remember weddings paid a half crown each. The church was well set for sound, the congregation could hear every word. When the organ was undergoing restoration the front pipes were taken away, some say they were stolen. The organist at that time was Raymond Taylor, he also owned the tobacconist shop opposite the church hall. The vicar was Rev Hutton and Mr Reeveley was the verger. I was christened and married at this church, I have fond memories of it.