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estate associated with a man called 'Leaxa', Old English personal name + -ing- + tun: Laxton East Riding of Yorkshire. Laxinton 1086 (Domesday Book).
'A Dictionary of English Place-Names', Oxford University Press

Welcome to Laxton! The Hight Street Saltmarshe Station at Laxton

Out-of-the-way, and a tranquil place, it lies in leisurely lanes in the marshes near the Ouse. Of its church, said to have been refashioned by three sisters of Charles Stuart's day, only the chancel is left, lighted by a 14th century east window and sheltered by a beech. On the other side of the road is the modern church, with an unusual window to Blanche Saltmarshe of 1880; it shows a kneeling figure in a purple mantle, four angels and a figure ascending, and rays of light falling on a city.

A mile-long lane bounding one side of the fine park of Saltmarshe Hall ends at the pretty hamlet which hugs the river bank. We can drive through the park. The were Saltmarshes living hereabouts in Norman times, and a Saltmarshe was here when we called.

'The King's England', edited by Arthur Mee

One of the houses The transpennine cylce route marker The Village Pub

Laxton is quite a large village with a lovely church and a roadside chapel. It has its own railway station, making it only five minutes away from Goole, but many miles by road. The transpennine cycle path runs through the village, with the pub providing welcome relief for tired feet.

Visitor Comments

Posted by mary roberts nee Brignall born laxton 1940 at 10/04/2006 11:41
I dont think a Saltmarshe would have been in residence when you visited, the last of the line ie. Phillip died in the 1960s when the estate was bought by the post office trust and was later sold off to the tenants, I believe the Hall is occupied by a connection to the Bean family of Ferriby / Brough area
Posted by Lyn Rogers at 02/01/2007 22:22
Arthur Mee was writing at the end of the 1930's, so he could well have met a Saltmarshe when he called.
Posted by Richard Potts at 24/03/2008 18:12
I am currently researching my family tree and have managed so far to get back to circa 1777. My great great great great grandather was William Driffill who was a blacksmith in the village of Laxton as well as keeping a pub called the Cross Keys.
He died circa 1842 and I believe that he was buried in Laxton along with his wife (Jane North circa 1783 - 1834).

Can anyone give me any information to assist me in tracing further back in history ?

Please e-mail me on

Many thanks
Posted by Norma Lunn Filipkowski at 28/05/2008 15:55
I am looking for relatives of the late Mary Smart. I believe she was born in the Laxton area and was in service at Saltmarshe Hall during the mid 1800's. Mary Smart is my great grandmother, and I am most anxious to find her relatives. Mary married a gentleman by the name of Henry Wood.
Posted by Peter Jackson at 31/07/2009 23:02
My great grandfather George Leetham, is described in the 1881 census as a wheelright, the family living at the post office, Laxton. The 1841 census shows him as a 1yr old, in a family where my great great grandfather, Aran (Aaron?)Leetham, is shown as born in 1811. I would be grateful for any additional information, such as the existence of marriage, christening and burial records,
Thank you
Posted by steve wright at 31/03/2010 13:19
Does anyone know the wherabouts of the Dobson family who used to live in Metham hall in the 70's ?
Rosemary and Paul were two of the children
Posted by John Jessop at 21/08/2010 19:36
Despite not being a Laxton resident, I had contacts with various people who were. Maurice Thompson ran the village shop/post office for many years and took a regular supply of tomatoes from my fathers market garden when they were in season. Maurice had a dark green van with sliding doors which was a regular sight all over the area.
Laurie Fox was the village blacksmith and had been apprenticed to the trade at Scarrs shipyard in Howdendyke along with my father. They remained good friends until Laurie died. Lauries apprentice Herbert Martin took over the blacksmith shop business.
In later years Bill Bray took Northside Farm and often told tales of the considerable amount of work required to bring the old house up to habitable standard. He ran it as a pig unit and arable farm before handing over to his son Dave who still farms there with his family. Bill was a local councillor on Boothferry Council and was mayor for a part of that time.
Posted by sarah lindley at 28/10/2010 22:30
i came across the website my mistake however herbert martin is my great uncle!
Posted by David C Procter at 25/10/2011 22:59
My grandfather George Watts was a groom at Metham Hall Farm in 1910. my mother was born in 1911, her birth was registered in Howden. I wondered if she was born at the farm/
Posted by Kirsty Watts at 28/12/2011 17:16
In response to Mr David Proctor, I too am related to George Watts, although a little more distantly, and would be very interested to see if you could help sort out a few tangled branches of my family tree in relation to George Watts of Metham Hall Farm.

My email is do hope you see this post!!
Posted by Rosemary Dobson at 24/03/2013 14:00
To Steve Wright. you posted on 31.3.2010 that you would like to know the whereabouts of the Dobson family who lived at Metham Hall in the 1970's.I am one of the children and would like to know who you are.
Posted by steve wright at 27/03/2013 17:10
Hi Rosemary - Steve Wright who went to school with Paul, Holidays on the broads - would love to know how you're getting on
Posted by Paul Dobson at 29/03/2013 11:15
Hi Steve.
My Name is Paul Dobson, brother of rosemary, if you would like contact, could you name the School we went to?
Email me
Our Family lived at Metham Hall for many Years.
And I remember holidays on the Broads
Posted by PAUL ATKINSON at 03/08/2013 14:28
Hi, my name is Paul Atkinson....My Uncle was Station Master at Laxton during the 50's, I cannot be more specific with the date. His name was Arthur Atkinson, his wife Enid and sons Peter & Barry (my cousins). I remember spending a long idyllic holiday with my brother Terry on the station, an experience never to be forgotten.
Posted by JAN COUPLAND at 12/08/2013 08:14
My family tree has JANE JAGGER born Laxton about 1822 she married WILLIAM RICHARDSON of Acomb,York in December 1846.I have not been able to find her anyplace,Iwondered if there were any family JAGGER around Laxton at this time.Any help would be very welcome.Thanks
Posted by Jim Chant at 26/12/2015 21:05
I used to catch the train to HULL in the mid 1950s as I worked on a Farm in Yokefleet. One of the farm workers was called Arthur, he lived at Laxton and I remember he suffered with gall stones - until he had them out. I remember he /wife had a baby in 1956. He always wore a black beret...Silly post this, but someone may recognise Arthur..!!
Posted by michael mangan at 29/12/2015 08:56
could anyone know were my greatgranfarther lived at Laxton his name was Alf featherstone
Posted by steve ward at 21/10/2017 11:50
Is it possible to visit the old church in Laxton ?..I have some ancestors from that area, particularly the Swain & Pinder family and would like to visit, so could anyone please help with a contact for the church. many thanks

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