Hessle Local History Society

Bringing the History of Hessle to You

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Pat Howlett

From Darren Howlett:

All you knew" my Dad, Patrick (Pat) Howlett. Dad was born on 17th March 1932 and in the early 1990s was a founder member of the Hessle Local History Society, serving as the society chairman for more years than I can remember. There wasn’t much he didn’t know about Hessle and he was always eager to pass on his historical knowledge of the town. With the exception of a seven year stint in Army between 1949 and 1956, including two years in Malaya during the emergency, he lived in Hessle for nearly all of his life.

Sadly, Dad passed away peacefully this afternoon, 22nd September, aged 88. I just thought it appropriate to use the medium of this group to pass on the sad news.

There is a link death cannot sever, love and remembrance last forever."

Pat's funeral was held in Camarthen, Wales and his ashes were interred in Hessle Cemetery on Wednesday 14 October at 2pm, alongside the grave of his parents.

Audrey Strachan

Readers will be sorry to hear of the death of a long-standing member of the Society, Audrey Strachan. Newsletter no. 90 (March 2019) carried an article on her husband Malcolm, and the occasions when they opened their garden for the Society’s summer meeting were memorable, not least for plate-smashing.

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Hessle is a small town in East Yorkshire, four miles to the west of Kingston Upon Hull. The town is, now, perhaps best known for being the site of the Humber Bridge, but it has a long and interesting history, some of which is recorded on these web pages.

Covid 19

It seems unlikely that the Society Meetings will resume again this year. Bearing this in mind it has been decided that for those people who paid a subscription for 2020 will have that carried over into 2021.

Next meeting

All meetings cancelled for the foreseeable future due to Covid 19 situation.

During this period please keep home and safe.


We are currently preparing the first Newsletter of 2021 but the new lockdown means that we will not be able to get it printed just yet. As soon as the lockdown is relaxed we may be able to get it printed and distributed.

We were planning to hold an AGM in March but it now seems unlikey that we will be able to meet before Easter, and probably not before summer. Perhaps when we have all been vaccinated then we will be in a position to consider the viability of a meeting.

A message from Gemma and Carol at All Saints:

Dear friends

Just a note to say we at All Saints Church Hessle have been and are

continuing to think about you and your organisation, as well as keeping

you all in our prayers during this very challenging and unprecedented

time. Please feel free to pass on our best wishes to people in your

organisation, and beyond as we may not have everyone's contact details.

We also thank you so much for all the hard work we know you have been

and are continuing to do to support people as best as you are able to.

If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to

contact us, even if it is just for anything more specific you might like

us to keep in our prayers.

With very best wishes,

and God’s blessing

Gemma and Carol

EVE's Book on the History of All Saints'

Our Newletter Editor, Eve Johansson, has had a new book published on the History of All Saints' Church Hessle. This is the first history of the church published as a book. The book is very well researched and very readable. It also has an incredible appendix giving a great deal of further information about people involved with the church over the years.

The book is available from Hessle Bookshop:

Price is £8 (£3.25 for P&P if required) and the ISBN is 978-1-5262-0810-1.

Aims of the Society:

Hessle Local History Society exists to promote and encourage the history and traditions of the town of Hessle, and the study of its history.

Meetings and Activities

Society meetings take place in Hessle Town Hall from March to November (see Society News).

New members are welcome.


The Society, in co-operation with Hessle Town Council is developing an archive room in the Town Hall, which will eventually be open to members and the general public (by appointment). We have a wide collection of archives and materials regarding the history of Hessle which need to be kept and preserved for future generation to enjoy and these will be placed in the room in the Town Hall. Dr Martin Craven has kindly donated a collection of his archives which are currently being catalogued. Anyone wishing to donate items - such as photographs, documents, letters, books, leaflets, pamphlets etc should talk to a committee member.


The Society publishes a Newsletter which is available to non-members on subscription.

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For further information contact Michael Free at mgfree@gmail.com or 01482 564577.


East Yorkshire Local History Society - www.eylhs.org.uk

All Saints Church - www.allsaintshessle.karoo.net/

Hessle Town Council - www.hessletowncouncil.gov.uk

John Ellerthorpe - https://sites.google.com/site/johnellerthorpeheroofthehumber/home

Pease family/Hesslewood - https://sites.google.com/site/peasefamilyofhullandhesslewood/home

FCA Voysey, Architect - http://www.voyseysociety.org/

Barkworths/Tranby House - https://sites.google.com/site/tranbyhouse/tranby-house-and-the-barkworth-family

Any views expressed in the articles on this site are those of the individual author and not necessarily representative of the views of HLHS unless so stated.

© The written material on this site is the copyright of the named individual author or Hessle Local History Society, unless otherwise stated.

©All photographs are taken from the HLHS photographic archive, unless otherwise stated. Maps and documents are from the HLHS archive collection.

Every effort has been made to establish the individual author, or photographer, or owner of the text, photographs, picture and documents used.

The Society is happy for individuals to use material from this site for non-commercial reasons and to promote interest in the history of Hessle but please acknowledge HLHS as the source of the material you have used. If you wish to use material for commerical purposes a donation would be appreciated.