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Dyc 1234, Gilbertdike 1376. "(Place at) the ditch or dike". Old English dic with manorial addition from a person or family called Gilbert.

"A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press

Visitor Comments

Posted by Angie on 28/03/2007

There is a picture on the board which is not in Gilberdyke, it is in Howden.

Posted by Rob on 27/06/2007

Angie's quite right. The low, white building in the middle of the bottom row is what used to be Kilpin Country Club (many moons ago) and is halfway between Kilpin and Howden. Certainly not in Gilberdyke!

Posted by Nick on 05/03/2014

Does anyone have any idea what the Kilpin country club is now? It was a nightclub in the 1990s.

Posted by John on 11/03/2014

The Kilpin Country Club is presently closed down. I was in the building a few years ago to do some work and it was mostly ok and with some investment would be re-openable. It possibly still is?

It underwent various changes during its period of business and the local papers made much of drug problems. There was also an incident with a girl going missing for a long period having left the club to walk back to Howden. She was eventually found dead in a tree, apparently having climbed it and become stuck.

The venue closed not long after the incident but if the local economy picks up who knows - it could be viable to reopen?

Posted by Phil on 10/08/2014

When did Kilpin Country Club close its doors for the last time?

Posted by Anna on 15/06/2018

Kilpin Country Club (ex Lord's Disco and many more names) closed in late 1995 after the police found drugs. I was DJ here from time to time and after over 20 years living on the site as security. This old building is in not that bad an order and can be a gold mine with someone as a right investor and the right attitude to music. I have been a DJ since 1973, so 40 odd years DJ-ing, and still have my old DJ gear.

Posted by Angie on 13/08/2007

The Railway Hotel inn is now closed and it has been for ages. I wish they would do something with it, it's an eye sore.

Posted by Terry on 15/01/2008

The Railway Hotel has now been pulled down for new houses (so the powers that be say).

Posted by ??? on 08/05/2008

The Railway Pub was haunted by a girl called Sarah B. It is knocked down now :(

Posted by Gill on 21/03/2009

Oh dear, didn't know the pub had gone. My father was born in the front bedroom of what was then the end cottage 88 years ago.

Posted by John on 27/11/2009

Gilberdyke - named after Gilbert's Dyke which was dug to drive a water mill, taking water from the River Foulness to the north of the area and empty into the River Ouse at Blacktoft. Our ancestors were inventive and in its heyday the water course was also used as a transport route with records showing it to have been sixteen feet wide and eight feet deep. With the coming of the railways the watercourse route was severed, the water diverted to other routes to the Ouse. The canalised section starved of water thus destroying competition to the new railway and the dyke slowly silted and abandoned. The area relies on two other ancient drainage dykes now, the Bishopsoil Drain, dug at the behest of the monks of Thornton Abbey, to the east and the Bellasize Drain to the west of the village.

There is a book by Robert Thompson available from Blacktoft Church (proceeds to church funds) which gives fascinating detail of the early history of Blacktoft but covering much of the surrounding area including Gilberdyke.

Posted by John on 14/01/2010

Gilberdyke suffered considerably during the flooding of 2007 with many houses damaged by the floodwaters and sewerage backing up in the pipes. Following the floods the Parish Council called a public meeting and set up a Flood Action Group. Central Government provided a National funding scheme and the council obtained a grant to employ consultant engineers (Mason Clark) to work with the Flood Action Group and produce a report into the drainage systems within the village.

A number of fundamental problems were revealed - lack of maintenance of the main drainage dykes from the village to the river, lack of maintenance of railway trackside dykes, lack of maintenance of riparian owned dykes, deliberate restriction/unauthorised culverting/simply filling in of riparian dykes by owners. The actions of many of the riparian owners was technically illegal but the local drainage board, despite being the enforcement agency, had ignored the problem. The various acts of parliament had been insufficiently publicised and most of the riparian deficiencies were due to simple ignorance of the law. However this is no excuse.

Following the publication of the consultant's report, East Riding Council obtained further government grants to take corrective action regarding the clearing and reopening of the watercourses. As of December 2009 this work was still in the design stages. However Network Rail had cleared the main trackside dyke (first time in 30 years) immediately after the flooding, the Lower Ouse Internal Drainage Board had cleared and desilted the two main drains from the village to the river in November 2008 and studies were underway for a major scheme to improve the discharge of drainage water into the river by pumping.

When the riparian drainage systems within the village are restored to their original capacity the flood risk to the community will be reduced to a low level. If the work is carried out on time hoped for completion is during the spring of 2010.

Posted by John on 31/07/2011

The anticipated spring 2010 slipped back but at the end of July 2011 phase one of the works is functional with just a bit of surface restoration to do. Hold ups due to access problems were resolved by the drainage board serving legal right of entry notices on the remaining obstructers. The job involved opening up the old dyke between Scalby Lane and Chestnut Drive and installing a three foot diameter pipe, plus restoring the open dyke between 6 and 7 Scalby Lane to its original depth. Fortunately this route was open for water to escape during heavy rain in mid-July 2011.

Phases two and three are going ahead and the system should be fully operational before winter.

Posted by Corby on 28/10/2013

First time on this page. Each time I see it, my mind is cast back to great days in the 1950s when, as a member of The Goole Wheelers, I befriended Dave Simpson of this village. We had great time in the saddle and socially. A fun loving guy. In 2005 I attempted to unite all members with the aid of Electoral Role software. Nobody knew where Dave had gone. But then I remembered his initials were D.R. He sometimes went by the name of Doc. I simply entered D.R. Simpson to cover all areas, I found him with his family in Guisborugh. We had so much to talk about. He attended the reunion at the Blacksmith Arms in Hook only to pass away a few weeks later. What a guy.

Posted by John on 05/06/2015

The Wards Hotel in the photographs above is no more. It was demolished last month to make way for residential development. Gilberdyke now has only two public houses, the Cross Keys and the White Horse.

Posted by Alan on 24/07/2016

I was sad to see Wards Hotel demolished. Does anyone know the history of the pub? My dad, Les Robinson, used to tell us that it was built or owned by an ancestor of ours (his mother was a Ward, originally from Howden) but I've never been able to confirm this.

Posted by Keith on 02/09/2017

I heard years ago the Ward Arms was built and owned along with the row of cottages at the side, by the Ward Brewery Company.

Posted by Sailor on 06/06/2015

The Rose and Crown, no longer a pub, is in Eastrington.

Posted by John on 03/12/2015

Gilberdyke now has stone built name signs at each end of the main road through the village. These were built in 2015 by a local craftsman using stone from Walworth Castle. The castle is the ancestral home of the Hansard family of which a member Gilbert Hansard gave his name to Gilberts Dyke. Under the concrete foundation slabs of the signs are time capsules for future archaeologists to discover.

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