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Brough - changing times in this beautiful East Yorkshire town

PUBLISHED: 18:04 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:53 20 February 2013

Brough - changing times in this beautiful East Yorkshire town

Brough - changing times in this beautiful East Yorkshire town

Brough is a growing town surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in East Yorkshire. Ruth Addicott discovers more Photographs by Hannah Ali

Brough has undergone major change in recent years making it one of the most up and coming towns in East Yorkshire. It lies between the River Humber and the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds the inspiration behind the recent David Hockney exhibition. It is just 12 miles west of Hull city centre yet is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

And although one of the towns leading companies, BABAE Systems, announced the end of manufacturing at Brough Aerodrome with 845 redundancies earlier this year, the town looks towards a prosperous future.

Bryan Davis, chairman of Elloughton cum Brough Town Council said the impact of job losses was not as bad as first feared. When the redundancies were announced, only 115 lived locally, most were travelling from Hull, Goole and Beverley and places like that, so although it has had an affect on Brough, it hasnt been as devastating as you would think.

When I first lived in Elloughton, most of my neighbours worked at the factory, but now most people are commuting to work elsewhere.


BABAE Systems have now sold the airfield for housing and East Riding Council have approved a further 700 houses to be built on the site over the next 10 years. The concern we have is that housing is being built without any new infrastructure and any increase in facilities. Thats the lifelifelifelifebiggest concern for everyone.


The ambitious housing developments and improved rail links are attracting both families and professionals to the town. Justine McMillan, a photographer who runs a photographic agency www.the-picture-box.co.uk has lived in Brough for 25 years. Brough has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, she said.

Its now the place to live if you dont want to live in Hull; we get a lot of rugby players and Hull City footballers living around here.


Most of the shops in Brough are centered on Welton Road, Skillings Lane and Station Road where there are various supermarkets, banks, hair salons and food take-away outlets. Brough also has its own golf club, founded in 1891, set in the more affluent Cave Road area with its leafy streets and more expensive houses. Theres a lovely caf called Caf Indulge on Skillings Lane which has outdoor seating and does amazing cakes, added Justine. And theres an excellent gym at South Hunsley School in Melton as well as a lovely river walk which goes all the way to Hull.

The village of Elloughton is just a short drive away with good independent shops including florist Serendipity and award-winning Drewtons Farm Shop which specialises in local produce. Owner Katie Taylor (known as Clipboard Katie for her skills at organising charity events), is the inspiration behind the business. She moved to the area from Harrogate six years ago and opened Drewtons in October 2010. Its just a 10 minute drive from Brough, along the A1034 and has become popular with tourists as well as local residents.

Were lucky to be based in such a beautiful part of East Yorkshire, theres a really strong sense of community and were proud to be at the heart of that. The villages are beautiful with old red brick buildings, farms and local pubs.

The shop is on the Drewton Estate, once the site of an old Roman settlement known as Druids Town and is a working estate set in 1,200 acres of arable land. The estate is a magnet for ornithologists and walkers, well known too for its pheasant and partridge shoot which attracts visitors from all over the world. Also nearby, tucked away in South Cave amid acres of parkland, is the Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club.

The elegant Victorian manor house has stood for more than 350 years and still has its original turrets and stone features. As well as being a popular venue for weddings, it has an 18-hole golf course set in 150 acres of meadow and parkland.


Brough is not short of outdoor attractions with the North Cave Wetlands nature reserve nearby and Wolds Way on the doorstep. The area also attracts crowds to the South Cave Annual Beer Festival and the Classics in the Park outdoor concert at Brantingham Park.

Call in at The Ferry Inn famous for its connections with notorious highwayman Dick Turpin. Legend has it he lived in Brough under the alias of John Palmer until his capture and execution for horse theft in 1739.

The population of Elloughton-cum-Brough has increased from 5,000 to 12,000 in the last 15 years with the biggest growth at the Brough end and although the area is going through much change it still has a sense of history; pull up a stool at The Ferry Inn and discover more.

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