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Goodmanham
Goodmanham (East Riding of Yorkshire)
Goodmanham

Goodmanham shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 218 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SE889431
Parish Goodmanham
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO43
Dialling code 01430
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament East Yorkshire
List of places: UKEnglandYorkshire

Coordinates: 53°52'37?N 0°38'56?W? / ?53.876802, -0.648794Goodmanham (alias Godmundin Gaham) is a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 2 miles to the north-east of Market Weighton. The village is situated on the Yorkshire Wolds Way long distance footpath.

Goodmanham village centre and church
Goodmanham village centre and church

According to the 2001 UK census, Goodmanham parish had a population of 218.[1]

It was a parish in the wapentake of Harthill.

The village is built in a favourable position on a south-facing slope of the Yorkshire Wolds between two streams. It has a copious supply of water from numerous springs and naturally-occurring limestone for building. The land is extraordinarily fertile in this region and people have lived here since prehistoric times.

The earliest traces of settlement are from the stone age. There are many ancient burial sites. The boundaries of the village lie along the lines of ancient earthworks and these are evidence that it was a prehistoric place of worship. Near the western boundary of the village lies one of the most ancient roads of Britain, later adopted by the Romans. Settlement at this time is indicated by finds of Samian ware and coins of the period. Later in Saxon times, after the recall of the Roman legions, the village reached a position of great importance and fame. It became the site of the high shrine of Northumbria, a great temple of Woden, the father of the gods. The dramatic overthrow of this temple in 627 AD by the high priest Coifi upon the conversion of King Edwin of Northumbria is related by St Bede in his History of the English Church and People (Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum).

"I have known long since" [Coifi] said, "that there is nothing in this religion that we have professed...the more I sought the truth of it the less I found...this can give us life salvation and eternal happiness...I advise that we burn the useless sanctuary - and who better than myself as an example?" [2]

So saying, he borrowed a war stallion and a war axe, both of which were forbidden to him as a priest. He galloped to the temple and flung the weapon into the holy place. Seeing that no ill befell him the company that followed him demolished the shrine and burned it to the ground.

It is often said that Coifi rode from Edwin's council in York to destroy the temple at Goodmanham, a distance of around 20 miles. Local tradition has it that the ride was from the king's summer camp at Londesborough, which is two miles from Goodmanham.

Although Goodmanham is very near to York, the capital of Viking England, we have no information about Goodmanham from that period. It is next found as a listing in the Domesday book produced under William the Conqueror at the time of the Norman conquest. A few names of resident farmers are given: Colgri, Orm, Norman, William de Coleville. These names show the presence of Normans now occupying the land.

The church of All Hallows now stands on or near the site of the original pagan temple. This church dates from around 1130 AD and replaces an earlier one of wooden construction built in the Saxon period. A tumulus, located to the south-west of the village, is also supposed to contain ruins. One of the many sacred wells in Britain dedicated to St Helena is located nearby. [1]

[edit] References

  • Langdale, Thomas, A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire, 1822
  • Baines, Edward, History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York, 1823
  • Purvis, Rev J.S., Rector of Goodmanham, Goodmanham Church and Village, c 1945
  • Whelan, Edna, & Taylor, Ian, Yorkshire Holy Wells and Sacred Springs, Northern Lights, Dunnington, 1989

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