The Plough Inn History
The Earliest history of the village to Hayton showed that there was a Roman fort at the point where the road crossed Hayton Beck. The settlement eventually spread to cover at least 5.6 ha, running for c 400m at each side of the highway. Aerial photography, geophysical and geochemical survey shows that the roadside settlement consisted of a series of enclosures sub-divided by several minor lanes. The main density of finds was restricted to a band c 80m wide at each side of the Roman road.
By the 2nd Century AD some substantial stone buildings with tiled roofs were erected close to the road. Several of these had central heating systems. Concentrations of samian pottery and amphorae also indicate a higher degree of Romanisation than the roadside settlement at Shiptonthorpe. The position of the site between Petuaria (Brough on Humber), the civitas capital of the Parisi and the provincial capital and Legionary base of Eboracum (York) make it possible that this roadside settlement served as a staging post of the communication network.
Hayton (Haiton) is mentioned in the Domesday Book; the entries show that most of the settlement was an outlying dependency of the manor of Pocklington, and had belonged to Tostig, (brother of King Harold) and then to Morcar, Earl of Northumbria, at the time of the Norman Conquest. The most obvious standing medieval structure is St Martin’s Church. There may have been a chapel at Hayton at the time of Domesday, dependent on the mother church at Pocklington, but a stone-built church on the present site was probably not constructed until the reign of Henry I.
Hayton’s position halfway along the King’s Highway between York and Beverley, Hull and the Humber crossings provided enough custom to support an inn at least as early as 1453, although nothing more is heard of it until 1752, when it is called the Black Bull.
King Charles 1 visited Hayton on his way to Hull to demand the surrender of the arsenal, one of the events that sparked the English Civil War. In return for his hospitality (and a large forced loan) he created Walter Rudston a Baronet. There is a tradition in the village that a skirmish took place during the Civil War, victims of which are buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard. The Black Bull was renamed The Plough Inn sometime in the early 19th Century and has kept its name to this day.
The Plough Inn Now
The Plough Inn was taken over in 2003 by Qi and Jack, and after extensive refurbishments was reopened in 2012 with the addition of 12 rooms, and Mr Chu’s Village Chinese restaurant. We aim to offer you a selection of quality food and drinks, served in a comfortable and friendly environment. We source our food and coffee from local suppliers. This is a true community pub, priding itself on great drinks and good, healthy food. Keep an eye out for upcoming events in the pub, including our pub quiz, and our entertainment nights. We look forward to welcoming you!
If you would like to arrange a viewing or discuss your requirements in more detail please call us on (01759)528328 or contact us here and we will be more than happy to assist