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Market Weighton
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The High Street
Market Weighton is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Market Weighton
Market Weighton
Population 6,429 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SE879417
Civil parish
  • Market Weighton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO43
Dialling code 01430
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
  • East Yorkshire
List of places
UK
England
Yorkshire
53°51′51″N 0°39′45″W / 53.8642°N 0.6624°W / 53.8642; -0.6624Coordinates: 53°51′51″N 0°39′45″W / 53.8642°N 0.6624°W / 53.8642; -0.6624

Market Weighton ( WEE-tən) is a town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is one of the main market towns in the East Yorkshire Wolds and lies midway between Hull and York, about 20 miles (32 km) from either one. According to the 2011 UK census, Market Weighton parish had a population of 6,429, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 5,212.

Landmarks

The church dedicated to All Saints was designated a Grade I listed building in 1967 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.

Transport

Market Weighton railway station was at the junction of the lines to Selby, Driffield, York and Beverley. The last train ran in 1965. The abandoned lines to Beverley, and to Selby are now used as public paths, as the Hudson Way and Bubwith Rail Trail respectively.

Bus service X46, provided by East Yorkshire Motor Services, links the town with Beverley, Hull, Pocklington and York.

The three-mile £5.1 million A1079 bypass opened in March 1991.

The Minsters Rail Campaign is campaigning to re-open the railway line between Beverley and York (with stops at Stamford Bridge, Pocklington and Market Weighton). The re-opened railway would skirt the edge of the town as the former alignment has since been developed.

Notable people

  • William Bradley (1787–1820), tallest ever Briton
  • Barbara Foxley (1860–1958) suffragist and professor of education
  • William Umpleby Kirk, (1843–1928) photographer
  • Frank Mitchell (1872–1935), cricketer
  • Hilda Lyon (1896–1946), engineer who invented the Lyon Shape

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