A small town with a big history

Snaith’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, and it is believed to have been settled as early as the 7th century. The town’s name is derived from the Old English word “Sneið,” meaning a piece of land cut off by water, suggesting that Snaith was situated in a marshy or watery area. After the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Snaith came under Norman control. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it was recorded as “Sneie” and listed as a market town. Snaith grew as a medieval market town, and its weekly market and annual fair were granted by royal charter.

The town’s parish church, St. Lawrence Church, dates back to the 12th century and features Norman and Gothic architectural elements. It is known for its impressive 15th-century tower and historic stained glass windows. The church is a prominent landmark in the town and holds significance in local history and community life.

Snaith’s location on the Humber made it an important hub for river trade and navigation. During the medieval period, Snaith was a thriving port town, with goods such as wool, grain, and timber transported along the waterways. The river trade contributed to the town’s prosperity and economic growth.

Today, Snaith is a vibrant town with a mix of historic buildings, modern facilities, and a close-knit community. Its rich history, including its market town legacy, religious heritage, and connections to river trade, contribute to its cultural significance and make it an interesting place to explore for locals and visitors alike.