Since the time of its first Mesolithic inhabitants, Ellerby has had an interesting, and at times violent, history.
Our history is largely set in the context of the royal succession, major national events and those within Holderness. Since much of Ellerby lies within the Burton Constable estate, its history, together with that of the parish of Swine is very relevant. Items specific to Ellerby are highlighted in bold text.
For the present, we have divided the history of Ellerby into eleven key periods, each with its own page/s. These are:
The Ice Age: The end of the last ice age and the shaping and population of Holderness.
The Celts: The Parisi and neighbouring Celtic tribes of the region.
The Romans:The Roman invasion, occupation and withdrawal.
The Anglo Saxons:Post Roman Britain, the Viking invasions, the Danelaw and Reunification.
The Normans:The Norman conquest, the “Harrying of the North”, the Domesday book and the first Lords of Holderness.
The Plantagenets: The Angevins, the Plantagenets and the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York.
The Tudors:The dissolution of the monasteries and the granting of their assets.
The Stuarts: Union with Scotland, the Civil War, the Protectorate and the Restoration of the Monarchy.
The Victorians:The arrival of the railway and the development of New Ellerby.
Modern History:World War One, the inter-war years, World War Two and recent history.
The Victoria History of the Counties of England, Yorkshire East Riding Volume 7.