I CLAIM for myself little, or no originality, in the following pages. Through the kindness of my friends I have been supplied with ample materials on which to enlarge, so that I might have filled a volume; but that was not my object in compiling this condensed History of Rudston. Having last year written an article in the “Bridlington - Quay Observer," it was suggested to me by many of my friends, that if I were to “enlarge upon it a little” it would form a useful and interesting “pamphlet” to the many visitors, who, during the summer season, visit this locality. Falling in with the idea, I have thus ventured to fulfill their desire, in the hope that my efforts may not be altogether futile.

My best thanks, I offer, as they are due, to the gentlemen named on the following page, who have materially aided my design, and assisted in correcting this pamphlet The Rev. George Dodds, D.D., Corringham Vicarage,

for the press.

Gainsborugh ; Mr. Llewellynn Jewitt, F. S. A., &c., Winster Hall, CONTENTS.

Matlock; The Rev. W. C. Lukis, M.A., Wath Rectory, Ripon; The Rev. W. Greenwell, M.A., Minor Canon of Dur

ham; The Rev. D. Butler, M. A., Thwing Rectory, Brid

Mr. E. W. H. Dunkin, Blackheath, London ;
Mr. Geo. Fowler Jones, Architect, York.
The Rev. J. Mason, M.A., Worsborough, Barnsley;
The Rev. W. Grayson, M.A., Ewerby Vicarage, Slea-

ford ;
Mr. T. J. Denton, M.D., Bridlington;
Mr. Thomas Cape, Bridlington ;
Mr. Edward Tindall, Old Guildhall, Bridlington;
Mr. John Brown, Driffield ;
Mr. Thomas Waller, Bridlington-Quay ;
Mr. H. S. Harland, Brompton, York ;
Mr. Thomas Taylor, School-House, Rudston;

&c., &c.


The Parsonage, Rudston,

August, 1872.



The village of Rudston is situated on the old Roman road which runs between Bridlington (Burlington) and York, about five miles to the West of the former, in the Wapentake of Dickering, and watered by a stream which runs into the German Ocean at Bridlington Bay.

It has many signs and scenes of antiquity connected with and strewn around it. Independently of the wondrous Monolith and pretty little Church, upon which we hope to speak fully presently, there are still to be seen the remains of sites of old Roman villas and encampments, as also extensive ditches and outworks in the hamlet of Caythorpe. These may have been portions of a military station of great strength. Standing near the fish-ponds, to the South of Thorpe Hall, and looking along the slope


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