Snaith is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Goole on the A1041 at its junction with the A645. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the M62 motorway, just south of the River Aire.


St Laurence Priory Church, Snaith
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE642220
 London160 mi (260 km) SSE
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGOOLE
Postcode districtDN14
Dialling code01405
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament

The town of Snaith with the villages of East Cowick and West Cowick form the civil parish of Snaith and Cowick. The Snaith and Cowick civil parish had 3,579 inhabitants and 1,492 households in the 2011 UK census.[1] This was an increase on 3,028 inhabitants and 1,228 households in the 2001 UK census.[2] The town continues to grow in size, due to the expanding Ben Bailey housing estate.

Snaith is the focal point of the local rural area. It has primary and secondary schools. The town exit and entry to the M62 is approximately 5 miles (8 km) away, giving access to Hull, Doncaster, Goole, Leeds and Castleford. It is approximately 20.6 miles (33 km) from York. Selby is 7 miles (11 km) away, with Carlton and Camblesforth between.

Snaith was part of the Goole Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1894 to 1974, then in Boothferry district of Humberside until 1996.


The name "Snaith" derives from the Old Scandinavian word sneith, meaning "Piece of land cut off".[3] Snaith was recorded in its modern-day form in c.1080, however in the Domesday Book of 1086, it was recorded as Esneid.

Parish church

The priory church of St Lawrence is low and wide, with pinnacles. The core of the church is Norman and Cruciform, and the tower is Early English and stands at the west end. The chancel is Decorated and the nave has Perpendicular arcades and a high clerestory. Glass in the chancel window is by Francis Spear and there is a notable monument to Viscount Downe by Francis Chantrey.[4] The church was designated a Grade I listed building in 1967 and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[5]


Snaith has a library, post office, dental practice, doctor's surgery, pharmacy, opticians and petrol station. There is also a Co-operative store, and a variety of small retail, service and food outlets, including takeaways. The town has five public houses. It also has a notable small brewery, The Old Mill Brewery, established in 1983 in a mill building dating back to 1791.

Schools in the town include Snaith Primary School and The Snaith School (secondary).


Snaith railway station is situated on the line approximately halfway between Hull and Leeds. It is served by a railway station, with a limited service on the Pontefract Line from Leeds to Goole.

The town also has a regular bus service, and is central to the 400 and 401 Arriva bus services, which usually commute hourly between Selby and Goole.


Snaith Juniors Football Club was formed in 1990 as Croda F.C. because the football pitch was in the grounds of Cowick Hall, then used by Croda International.[6] Snaith Juniors F.C. now play at Ben Bailey housing estate and hold football tournaments at the end of May each year. The council proposed making a cricket pitch for a town cricket team, but no land was available. The Garth, adjacent to the Methodist Chapel, was given to the people of Snaith for recreation and leisure.


  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Snaith and Cowick Parish (1170211263)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Snaith and Cowick Parish (1543504305)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 428. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. Betjeman, John, ed. (1968). Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins. p. 349.
  5. Historic England. "Church of St Lawrence (1161899)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. "Snaith Juniors FC History". Snaith Juniors FC. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  • Gazetteer AZ of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10.
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