The Local Studies Library holds a small number of maps relating to the East Riding of Yorkshire. For a more complete set of maps relating to the East Riding, we recommend contacting East Riding Archives.
What kind of information do the maps provide?
Maps of the East Riding provide an insight into its past before the development of Hull as we know it today.
Places such as Kilham, once important for their markets (their importance indicated by their size), no longer retain the same importance as they once did.
Some place names have changed over the years, for instance Bridlington was previously known as Burlington. The harbour at Bridlington was a separate settlement to the town and known as the ‘Quay’ or ‘Bridlington Quay’.
Coastal erosion has led to some places disappearing altogether. Along the Humber, places that have given way to its waters include Burstalgarth. Further along the Holderness coast the hamlets of Dimlington, Newton and Wilsthorp are now under the sea.
Places that we associate with Hull today, like Marfleet (Merfleet), Stoneferry, and Sculcoates (Skolcotes), were their own communities beyond Hull until at least the second half of the 19th century.
Hull History Centre holdings
All our maps of the East Riding are available to view in our search room, and some can be browsed via the map drawers. Our holdings include:
- Map of the East Riding of Yorkshire with its wapentakes by Richard Blome (1673) Ref: L MAPS/5/1
- The East Riding of Yorkshire by Robert Morden (1695) Ref: L MAPS/5/2
- Map of the East Riding of Yorkshire by J. Ellis (1766) Ref: L MAPS/5/6
- Ordnance Survey maps of the East Riding (1858) Ref: L MAPS/5/14-15
- Ordnance Survey maps of the East Riding (1898) Ref: L MAPS/5/18-21
David and Susan Neave’s Historical Atlas of East Yorkshire [L.9.5 DUP] covers a broad range of topics on East Yorkshire. It includes a series of maps showing archaeology sites, deserted villages, population and settlement, trade and industry, and administrative units. Copies can be borrowed if you have a Hull Libraries card.
Although some maps may be copied in their entirety, please contact us for advice in the first instance.