horse chestnut trees stand stately in front of St Peters
church, Little Driffield. St Peters is the burial place of
Aldfrith, King Of Northumbria who died in 705. There is an
interesting tablet in the chancel. Temple Moore was responsible
for extensive restoration work to the church in 1889. There is a
Norman tower-arch and other incorporated medieval fragments.
During Medieval times Little Driffield was a busy centre for
trade. It held an annual trade fair for which people would travel
miles to attend.
It is still renowned for its businesses, the little village has
two public houses, The Rose and Crown and the Downe Arms as well
as the clothing company which until recently was owned by Dewhirsts
but is now owned by Arcadia Clothing Company and situated on
The Village has a pretty village green and pond where many people
come to feed the ducks. The 1878 Chapel has now fallen into poor
repair and the railway cottages which once stood along side the
railway line which ran through Little Driffield are now privately
The busy A166 up until a few years ago ran through Little
Driffield but since the building of a by-pass it has left the
village peaceful and serene.
Little Driffield Digital Noticeboard
Recieved from : Judie
Subject : Mainprize/Bean
families David and Molly decd
My mother Cathryn Ruth Hudson nee Mainprize is
looking for the son of her cousin Molly, David Bean.
Any replies from other Mainprize connections would be very
welcome. Mother is 87 and came to Australia in 1948
Message Recieved from :
Subject : G.S.Brewster
esq., Wool Merchant 1952
I am the daughter of Cathryn Ruth MAINPRIZE
and we live in Australia (Melb). In 1952 my mother received a
letter from Mr Brewster whom I believe may be related to us.
All my deceased Grandmothers effects had been sold in the village
hall along with personal photos and belongings of my mother. Mr
Brewster was forwarding the proceeds.
It would be a great thing if any of Mothers posessions or family
photos of my Grandfather and Grandmother could be found.
We would be very grateful as we have none. Many thanks Judie
Peters Church - burial place of Aldfrith, King Of
Northumbria who died in 705 AD