Drewton is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the A1034 road, 6 miles (10 km) south-east from Market Weighton and 11 miles (18 km) west from Hull city centre, and forms part of the civil parish of South Cave.
A farmhouse in Drewton
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In the 1086 Domesday Book Drewton is written as "Drowetone". The manor, in the East Riding Hundred of Cave, comprised 11 households, 6 villagers and 5 smallholders, with 2 ploughlands. Lordship of the manor of Drewton had passed to Robert Malet, who also became Tenant-in-chief.
The Domesday settlement at Drewton became a partly deserted medieval village (DMV), possibly at the time of the 14th-century Black Death. There was a further decline in the second half of the 17th century to leave only Drewton Manor and a farmhouse. Four houses were added in the mid-20th century. A later Drewton Manor, built in stone about 1850, is the centre of the Drewton Estate, which includes residential buildings, gardens, a lake, and a farm of 1,138 acres (4.6 km2). The Estate, which today holds game shoots, was valued at £6 million when offered for sale in 2004.
In 1823 Drewton was in the Wapentake of Harthill, and, with Everthorpe, had a population of 177, six of which were farmers and another a 'gentlewoman'. In 1892 Drewton was recorded as a joint township with Everthorpe of 2,114 acres (8.6 km2), and described as being on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds with views of York Minster, Goole, Howden, Selby Abbey, the Humber, and the Lincolnshire coast. The settlement was the location of South Cave railway station on the Hull and Barnsley Railway.
At Drewton is a naturally formed stone monolith called St Austin's Stone. Bulmer's History and Directory of East Yorkshire repeats what it says is a commonly held view that Drewton’s name might derive from 'Druids' town', and mentions the "huge monolith" of "St Augustine's Stone" that was supposed to be connected with Druid worship, and as the place where Saint Augustine preached to the Saxons, although stating that no record of the saint exists of him ever visiting Yorkshire. A Roman road which crossed the Humber at Brough passed through or near Drewton, the Roman occupation leaving many remains in the settlement.
- Drewton in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Documents Online: Drewton, Yorkshire", Great Domesday Book, Folios: 320v, 381v; The National Archives. Retrieved 14 June 2012
- Historic England. "Drewton (910625)". PastScape. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- Mark, Dave (9 May 2004). "Trawler tycoon's estate up for sale and it's a spectacular catch at £6m". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- Baines, Edward (1823): History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York, p. 193
- Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private & Commercial) of East Yorkshire 1823
- Morris, Joseph E. (1906): The East Riding of Yorkshire, Methuen & Co. Ltd., (second edition 1919), p. 24
- Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 5.
- Media related to Drewton at Wikimedia Commons