The Town of Hessle and its civil parish are located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, about five miles (8 kilometers) west of the centre of Kingston upon Hull.
Despite its geographical proximity to Kingston upon Hull, the village is not part of the larger urban area consisting of the town of Hessle and a number of other villages. The Humber Bridge crosses the Humber Estuary on its north bank.
Hessle is the first place name to appear in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be attested. Hessle appears in the Book of Fees of 1242 as well as a Danelaw Charter from Henry II's
reign between 1154 and 1189. The name Hessle (‘Hesli’) comes from Scandinavian, which means hazel grove.
Shipbuilding has been the focus of Hessle's modern history.
Shipbuilding used to occur in Beverley before 1897. When Henry Scarr bought it from his brother Joseph, who owned it with him at the time, it became a shipyard for wooden boats. Until Richard Dunston acquired Scarr in 1932, it produced iron and steel ships. The shipyard was the largest in Hessle, building vessels like Loch Riddon, one of four caledonian macBrayne vessels in the Hebrides built for Caledonian MacBrayne.Damen Shipyards Group
acquired the company in 1987 after it went into liquidation. 1994 marked the end of Dunston's. A dock for scrap metal and other materials is available for transferring or recycling at the location which serves as an office and car sales facility. The ship repairs on the Humber Estuary still take place by Richard Dunston, with activity remaining high.
records date back to the 1800s. The event is held annually during Whitsuntide (May). An annual celebration of the parish's people.
Articles in 1808 and 1836 indicate that the feast had become a major event, bringing in people from nearby towns and villages. There was much excitement, racing, noise, and joy. Young people adopted it as usual. The churchwardens expressed concerns over drunken and loud behavior among the young men visiting the parish, particularly from Hull.
There has been a feast in the past as well, including one in July 2006 that drew over 5,000 people to the area and was an entertaining day of charitable money raising, family fun, and live music. During the event, numerous activities were held, including a "Battle of the Bands" through the square and a "Buskathon" down Prestongate, as well as local bands playing on a small stage. In addition, cadets carrying floats around Hessle won a boat race. Kingston Communications
, a company operating in the area at the time, and Yorkshire Water sponsored the event in part and in full.