Hutton Cranswick is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles (5 km) south from Driffield town centre, and on the A164 road.

Hutton Cranswick
Cranswick Post Office.jpg
Hutton Cranswick village Post Office
(Sub-Post Office)
Hutton Cranswick is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Hutton Cranswick
Hutton Cranswick
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population2,065 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceTA023525
• London170 mi (270 km) S
Civil parish
  • Hutton Cranswick
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtYO25
Dialling code01377
UK Parliament
List of places
53°57′31″N 0°26′32″W / 53.958613°N 0.442141°W / 53.958613; -0.442141Coordinates: 53°57′31″N 0°26′32″W / 53.958613°N 0.442141°W / 53.958613; -0.442141

The civil parish is formed by the village of Hutton Cranswick and the hamlets of Rotsea and Sunderlandwick. According to the 2011 UK Census, Hutton Cranswick parish had a population of 2,065,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK Census figure of 2,015.[2]


Hutton Cranswick is listed in the Domesday Book.

Within the village is the remnant of a 13th-century monastic moat beside Sheepman Lane, marking the site of a former Cistercian Grange belonging to Meaux Abbey near Beverley.[citation needed]

Less than 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of Hutton are the remnants of Howe Hill Bronze Age round barrow. The 75 feet (23 m) diameter mound was excavated in 1892. Flint articles were found, and evidence of previous disturbance of the site, including burnt bones and a food vessel indicating a burial site. The mound later might have been used as a moot hill local meeting place.[3] At the same site, to the north-west of Old Sunderlandwick Lane, is earthwork evidence of the deserted medieval village of Sunderlandwick—a settlement mentioned in the Domesday survey—with enclosures, hollow ways, ridges and furrows, and ditches.[4]

In 1823 Hutton Cranswick was a civil parish in the Wapentake of Harthill. The parish church was under the patronage of Lord Hotham. There existed a Methodist chapel and a Sunday school. Population at the time was 917. Occupations included nineteen farmers, two blacksmiths, two wheelwrights, two joiners, three shoemakers, four shopkeepers, three tailors, a rope maker, a butcher, a corn miller, and the landlords of The Pack Horse and the Decoy Inn public houses. Two carriers operated between the village and Hull, Beverley, and Driffield once a week.[5]

The village railway station opened in 1846, as part of the Scarborough Branch Railway.[6]

Under 1 mile south-west of Cranswick is the site of the Second World War military airfield RAF Hutton Cranswick, operational between 1942 and 1946. Aerial photographs show indications of landing strips and hangars.[7]

The village's history is detailed in the locally authored A Tale of Two Villages, Hutton and Cranswick, a book written in 1980 and updated in 2000.[citation needed]

Culture and communityEdit

St Peter's Church, Hutton Cranswick

Originally comprising two villages, Hutton to the north, and Cranswick to the south, the expansion of the villages has merged them together to form a single village, Hutton Cranswick. However, the individual parts of the village are still often referred to by their separate names and both maintain their individual character.

Hutton Cranswick is a regular competitor in the yearly "Village in Bloom" competition.[8][failed verification] The Hutton Cranswick newsletter, The Bulletin, contains local information. The village held bonfire nights but these ceased because of lack of funding.

The church, dedicated to Saint Peter, was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1966 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[9] The village school is Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School.[10]

Cranswick local shops include one currently run by SPAR, a farm shop run by a local farming family, and a butchers. There is a public house, a hairdresser, a fish and chip shop and garages selling both cars and petrol. At the south-west of the village is an industrial estate with businesses including Cranswick Mill.

The large village green contains a pond, play-park area and mature trees. "Swinekeld Pit" (pronounced "Swinkle"), with a small stream, lies at the bottom of Southgate in Cranswick.

The village has a small railway station, served by Northern services on the Yorkshire Coast Line.

Blue Keld water spring and bottling plant is in the parish, 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Hutton Cranswick village.[11]


The village has its own sports' area with football pitches, AstroTurf football and tennis courts, grass and hard tennis courts, and a social hall on Rotsea Lane. It also had a football club, Hutton Cranswick United, whose first team played in the Central Midlands League. However, in December 2011 the club ceased to exist.[12] The only surviving football team in the village are Hutton Cranswick SRA, who play in Division Four of the East Riding County League. Hutton Cranswick United Under-14s were featured in the Sky Sports magazine after they lost 24–0 to Bridlington where every player in the 12-man Bridlington squad scored.[citation needed] The Association also has an Archery Club (Archers of East Riding), and a cricket club. The hall is used for children's soft play, youngsters dance classes and a youth club. The village green was used to hold cricket matches that are now played east of the village on a field adjacent to the road Meggisons Turnpike.


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hutton Cranswick Parish (1170211207)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Hutton Cranswick Parish (00FB078)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 79286 (79286)". PastScape. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Sunderlandwick (79336)". PastScape. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. p. 358.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Hutton Cranswick Station (497781)". PastScape. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Hutton Cranswick Airfield (1398738)". PastScape. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  8. ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom UK Finalists 2012". Royal Horticultural Society. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1161006)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Hutton Cranswick Community Primary School". Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Blue Keld". Blue Keld Springs Limited. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Sad demise of area's leading football club". Driffield Times & Post. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. pp. 4, &nbsp, 7.

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