Trail: Market Weighton - Tour The Town

Add a bit of history to your time in Market Weighton and use our archive images to peep into the past and see what some parts of the town looked like in years gone by.

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Grand Designs

Looking straight ahead you cannot miss the grand appearance of St John’s Methodist Church, which remains little-changed since its construction in 1868 to replace the smaller chapel (built in 1786).  The latter is still standing, just through the archway, left of the Methodist Church, and is the oldest surviving Methodist building in East Yorkshire.

The most notable change here is perhaps that the stone pillar (possibly the market cross) in the centre of the street in this image from 1905, is no longer there.


That’s the end of the trail! Why not visit the Wicstun Centre and find out more about the town?

Turn left and go straight on through the main street, all the way straight on at the mini roundabout and the Wicstun Centre is on the right-hand side of the street, opposite the parking bays.

A Royal Visitor

King Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria, and he reigned from 22nd January 1901 until his death in 1910.  Here he is on horseback on 28th October 1905 in this historic image, as he prepares to leave Market Weighton via the railway station.  He had been visiting Londesborough Hall.

The scene is completely unrecognisable today because the station was demolished in 1965 following government cutbacks and the whole area has been redeveloped into residential properties.

You can watch an archive video about the station and its demolition on the East Riding Archives YouTube playlist here.

Point of Origins

On the other side of the street now, the Londesborough Arms Hotel (built in 1751) is still in view on the left.   The name ‘Weighton’ derives from the Roman ‘Wicstun’, which in turn originated from ‘Weg-tun’ (‘town on the way / road’).

It’s thought to be the site of the Roman camp of Delgovicia, and as you view the High Street with our archive image of 1900, you are looking at one of the oldest market towns in England, receiving its market charter in 1251, hence the name ‘Market’ Weighton.

Churchill’s Honeymoon?

Officially, Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine spent their honeymoon at the Lido Palace on Lake Maggiore, Italy, in 1908.  But, there’s a local story that says they also stayed for 2 weeks here at The Londesborough Arms Hotel (the building on the right, with pillared entrance, in our archive image) whilst being entertained at nearby Londesborough Hall.  If so, then this is how Market Weighton would have looked when Winston and Clementine stayed here, as this photograph was also taken around 1908!

Third Time Lucky

(Our trail begins on Beverley Road, facing towards the town centre, just past the mini roundabout and the Red Lion pub on the right-hand side, opposite some restaurants.  Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).

The building on the left-hand side of this image, with rounded windows, is the Primitive Methodist Chapel, built in 1902 to the design of architect W G Smithson of Leeds.

Our archive image was taken around the time of its opening, but this was actually the third version of the chapel.  The original chapel was built in 1828, then re-built in 1860, only for it to be replaced again by the 1902 version, which still stands to this day.