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Hedon Haven

Waterway name
Hedon Haven

Hedon Haven was closed in the 1970s, by which time it was very silted up, and the majority of the original river was filled in. Burstwick Drain was then extended to meet the remaining section of the old Haven, becoming the main river in the process. At about 2.5 kilometres long, the drain now connects the town of Hedon to the Humber Estuary and can be confused with the original ‘Haven’.

The Haven, a natural navigable waterway, saw Hedon develop into a thriving medieval port in the 12th century. The use of larger vessels soon saw trade driven to Wyke however (which eventually developed into the city of Kingston-upon-Hull) and triggered the gradual decline of the town.

Burstwick Drain is now crucial for the drainage of large parts of South Holderness but has little current use apart from this.

During the floods of 2007, the town of Hedon was one of the worst affected places within the East Riding of Yorkshire, as the drain became full to capacity and side drains were unable to discharge into it.

Ambitious proposals, driven by local groups since 1998, exist to re-open the original Haven. Aspirations include the development of a marina, country park, promenade, wetland reserve and new recreational, tourism and linked commercial opportunities. The scheme may also assist with local flood defence by creating capacity to hold floodwaters from Burstwick Drain in the reopened river and marina.

A detailed feasibility study was completed in 2005, but, due to the scale of the project (a projected cost of £18million for the entire scheme), local groups have found it difficult to acquire funding and ‘get things off the ground’.

Hedon Haven (Paul Glazzard)
Hedon Haven (Paul Glazzard)
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United Kingdom