There are two churches in Ellerby. These are St James’ Mission Church in Old Ellerby and the Methodist Church in New Ellerby. Although not in the Civil Parish of Ellerby, our Parish Church of St Mary, Swine, has long played a major part in the life of the Ellerby community. The “green lane” off the A165 at the junction with Crabtree Lane, gives evidence of the original direct route between Old Ellerby and Swine.
Ellerby boasts three inns, each with its own character and specialities. These are, in chronological order of opening:
The Blue Bell Inn, The Railway Inn and The Gardeners Country Inn.
We have two garden centres. Skirlaugh Garden Centre (actually in Ellerby Parish), just off the A165, near to The Gardeners Country Inn, and Stag View Nursery in Crabtree Lane, Old Ellerby, not far from the Blue Bell Inn.
Ellerby once had allotments in what is now a field opposite the Blue Bell Inn in Old Ellerby. Today, there are two allotment sites available to the public. One is at the Parish Council site in New Ellerby and the other is the Tony Cook Group allotment, adjacent to the Skirlaugh Garden Centre.
Notable houses in the Parish (as described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in his “Buildings of England” series) include Dowthorpe Hall, Langthorpe Hall, Oubrough Manor, Wood Hall and Woodhall Farm.
Today, Ellerby is still very much an agricultural parish, with the emphasis being on arable farming. On this page we list the active farms, together with some farmhouses that have been demolished and have disappeared with little, or no, trace.
WALKING AND CYCLING
Ellerby hosts the 2.5 km stretch of the Hornsea Rail Trail (itself the easternmost section of the Trans-Penine Trail) mainly between Skirlaugh Station and Ellerby Station. There are also signposted public footpaths.
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