1823, Edward Baines, History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York
‘Hessle in the wapentake of Hullshire: 5 miles west south west of Hull. This is an ancient parish and manor, the date of which can be traced to the conquest. The manor of Hessle was formerly a possession of the Stutevilles, and Joan Stuteville carried the estates to Hugh de Wake. This lady was the first to introduce the custom of females riding sideways on horseback, and the device on her seal exhibits a lady in that posture, holding the bridle in her right hand. The proximity of this village to the Humber rendered it an advantageous situation for shipbuilding, which until recently was carried on to a considerable extent. Little to the westward of Hessle is Hesslewood house, a handsome mansion belonging to Joseph Robinson Pease Esq. An eminent banker at Hull. This house commands a fine view of the Humber but less extensive than from the house of Mr. Cooper, and others at the top of the hill. The church is dedicated to All Saints; it is a vicarage in the gift of the crown, and the Rev. Edmund Garwood, A.M. vicar, is the incumbent. The Rev. Timothy Raikes, an ancestor of the present family of Raikes, of Hull, London and Gloucester, was the vicar of Hessle in the commencement of the last century. There are here a small hospital and school, slenderly endowed, and several doles to the poor, under the direction of the vicar and the church wardens. The late Mr. Raikes of Gloucester, the founder of those valuable institutions, the Sunday Schools, was a member of the family. Population 1021.
The Hessle Market Coach to Hull, every Tuesday and Friday, dep at 8 in the morning and return at 6 in the evening. Carriers, Speck& Wallis, to Hull every Tuesday and Friday.’
Hessle Whiting Mill built in the first decade of the 19th century to
replace an earlier horse mill. The mill had five sails and the design
was probably taken from John Smeaton who built the first such mill
in the 18th century. In the 1920s the mill was converted to gas
power rendering the sails redundant.