1879, Kelly, Directory
Hessle is a township, parish, small town and station on the Hull, Selby and Leeds branch of the North Eastern railway 209 ½ miles from London, 4 ½ west from Hull, on the Humber, in the Hunsley Beacon division of Harthill Wapentake, Sculcoates union, Hull county court district, Howden rural deanery, East Riding archdeaconry and York diocese. The church of All Saints is an old stone building; it has a chancel with chancel aisles, nave and aisles, tower with a good chime of bells, clock, spire, two porches and organ; the arcades of the nave and chancel, and the north and south doors are of Early English architecture; the windows of the south aisle and the east and west windows are Decorated, the remainder of the church being Late Perpendicular; it was restored and enlarged in 1869. The register dates from the year 1561. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £413, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor and held by the Rev. H Newmarch, B.A. of St Mary Hall Oxford. There is a Parish school for 20 boys, supported by an old bequest; also Primitive Methodist, United Methodist Free Church and Wesleyan chapels, to each of which a Sunday school is attached. There are two whiting factories here. Being near Hull, there are many villas commanding a view of the Humber. Tranby House is the residence of Henry Barkworth, esq. and Tranby Park of Edward James Smith esq. Hesslewood is the residence of J W Pease esq. J.P. The Lord of the manor is an infant; his trustees are Mrs. Sykes and Admiral Duncan. The principal landowners are G.W.M. Liddell, esq. J. W. Pease esq. and the Hull Charter House. The soil is rich loam, subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat and beans. The area is 3,910 acres; rateable value, £18,941; the population of the township in 1871 was 2,001.
POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE, Savings Bank & Annuity & Insurance Office. – David Coulson, postmaster. Letters arrive at 6.20 a.m., & 5 p.m.; dispatched at 7.30 p.m.; Sundays at 6.15 p.m.
INSURANCE AGENT - Sovereign Life, C Coulson
Registrar of Births& Deaths and Assistant Overseer, William Hardy.
SCHOOLS;- National, Frederick Woodford, master; Mrs Emma Woodford, mistress
Parish, Thomas Banks, master
Railway Station, George Hoyle, station master
Carriers to:- Beverley- James Sneeston, Saturday, returning same day Hull- James Sneeston, Marshal Wallis, John Atkinson, Tuesday & Friday, returning same days
Omnibus- Thomas Miller, to Hull, daily.
Tranby Park, home of Edward James Smith in 1879.