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The population of Brough has more than doubled in the last 15 years.  But what exactly it is about this East Yorkshire town that draws people in?

Let's take a look at the history of Brough as well as what it has to offer visitors today.

A town built on aviation innovation

Up until its 2013 closure, The Brough Aerodrome was the oldest aircraft factory in the world.

The site was first used during the First World War to test sea planes and as a flying training school for fighter pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain.

The factory provided employment for hundreds of local people, and among the aircraft manufactured here over the decades were the Buccaneer and BAE Harrier jump jet.

But it wasn't all about flying¦ Between 1949 and 1957, the perimeter of the site was used as a race track “ famously the place where Stirling Moss secured his first ever win.

Unfortunately, a hard-fought Battle for Brough' campaign wasn't enough to save it from closure; the former site is now due to be developed into housing to accommodate the town's ever-expanding population.

A memorable role in the tale of Dick Turpin

Many of the details of Dick Turpin's life have been lost or embellished upon over the course of the years. But there are a few facts we know to be true “ including a significant nugget that's come straight out of Brough!

The Ferry Inn, where you can still enjoy a pint today, is the only documented home of the notorious highwayman. In fact, he was boarding here under the alias John Palmer when he was finally arrested for his many crimes in 1737.

Some brilliant local business

Most of the shops and restaurants in Brough are based around Welton Road, Skillings Lane and Station Road. Here are just a few of our faves:

  • Café Indulge (39 Skillings Lane), which is just a short walk from Brough train station, serves everything from coffee and homemade cake to cooked breakfasts.
  • In nearby Elloughton is Serendipity Flowers (53a Main Street), where you can pick up a beautiful bouquet.
  • Just a 10 minute drive from Brough is the charming Drewtons Farm Shop (The Drewton Estate, South Cave), where you can browse and buy plenty of tasty local produce.

A great place to get outdoors

Brough is surrounded by scenic countryside that's wonderful for a wander around, whether you like getting out and about on your bike or on foot.

Want to explore somewhere new? Jump off the train at Brough and you can enjoy a pleasant riverside walk that will eventually lead you all the way to Hull, which is just 12 miles away. Or you can follow the route of Cade's Road, the famous Roman Road that once ran the 100 miles from the Humber Estuary to the River Tyne.

And the town also has its own golf club if you'd prefer a spot of more leisurely exercise. 

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