A Brief History Of North Cave

North Cave is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire situated 15 miles to the west of Hull city centre.  The civil parish is formed by the village of North Cave and the hamlet of Everthorpe.

The origin of the name ….. Cave is controversial however the generally accepted view is that it derives from the Anglican word “caf”, meaning stream or beck. 

Church Street looking towards All Saints church

The history of North Cave can be traced back to the last period of the Stone Age,  approximately 3,500 BCE.  An archeological dig carried out in the mid-1980s discovered a number of tools and weapons from this period.  Digs carried out during the 1970s and 1980s discovered late Iron Age (1st century BCE/1st century CE) and Romano-British remains in the area of Dryham Lane.  They revealed a substantial Iron Age/Romano-British rural settlement comprising roundhouses, ironworking hearths, enclosures, trackways, and numerous boundary and drainage ditches.  It is thought that the lands around North Cave were extensively farmed and there was a drove road and field system covering four acres.  In addition, there is evidence of iron smelting throughout this period until approximately 300 CE.

A number of archeological artefacts have also been discovered in Everthorpe including a number of unusually shaped Bronze Age axes.  A burial site dating from the same era has also been discovered  and it seems clear that a settlement in Everthorpe has existed from pre-historic times.

Papermill House from Church Street

Contact Information

Clerk's Hours:
Mon: 9 – 2 pm, Tue & Wed: 9 am – 1 pm & Thurs: 9 am – 12 noon.

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