Wetwang History

Wetwang located at the crossroads of the A166 and B1248 which may explain how the village got its Viking name of Vertvanger, meaning ‘meeting place’ or ‘place of justice’. The first documentary evidence of a settlement here occurs in the Domesday book of 1086 although evidence of earlier occupation has been found.

In 2012 the village of Wetwang is home to an estimated 700 residents, and over 300 dwellings but the village’s most rapid period of growth took place between 1801 and 1861 when the population increased from 193 to 623. Most of the buildings on Main Street date from that period. In 1870 Wetwang was home to four joiners and wheelwrights, four blacksmiths, three boot and shoemakers, one rope maker, one corn miller, a doctor, two innkeepers, three carriers, three butchers, a saddler, three tailors, a vet, a schoolmaster, a clergyman, twelve farmers, three grocers and three dressmakers!

Wetwang Highlights:

Chariot Way – the location of “one of the most significant and exciting Middle Iron Age imagesCASGUDZKburials ever found in Britain”  where archaeologists discovered a chariot used by ancient Britons in battles against Julius Caesar more than 2,000 years ago and the skeleton of a high-ranking female warrior.

large_Frozen Village HallThe Village Pond – otherwise known as ‘Bottom Pond’ (‘Top Pond’ disappeared to make room for the main road through the village) is home to several families of ducks and the occasional pair of geese. At the end of the pond there is a secluded seat where you can while away the hours watching nature.

Wetwang House – formerly Atkinson’s farm and site of the great fire of Wetwang in 1927, this house commands a striking position at the heart of the village and is part of only two remaining working farms in Wetwang.

The Railway Station – situated about a quarter of a mile north of the village the old station Wetwang Stationclosed in 1958 when the freight service ceased and the track was lifted. Now converted into two houses the station is still visible from the village pond as you look up Station Hill.

The Black Swan – one of two public houses in Wetwang and once the lodge of the Hull District U A O Druids friendly society, which opened in November 1896.

schoolThe Village School – built in 1843 and enlarged at the expense of Sir Tatton Sykes in 1866. The most recent addition was a classroom, which was opened by the then honorary mayor of Wetwang, Richard Whiteley in 1999.

The Village Hall – the setting for a wide variety of community events, the new Village Hall opened in October 2000 costing just short of quarter of a million pounds and replacing the wooden hall originally built in 1938.

The Parish Church of St. Nicholas – dating back to 1140 and extensively restored in 1845 large_St Nicholas Church(again at the expense of Sir Tatton Sykes). The transept was used as a parish school before the National School was built.

The Victoria Inn – in the centre of Main Street, it was formerly known as the Rose and Crown and a popular watering hole for villagers.

MillThe Mill House – a unique building with its ground floor below ground level, which used to be an outbuilding of the Wetwang Post Mill (now demolished).

Iron water pumps – still visible as you tour the village (outside the school, at the top of Station Hill and outside Woods Court) these three iron pumps brought up water from underground cisterns before water was piped into the village in 1938.

Welcome to our village, hope you enjoy your visit!