During the 10th and 11th centuries the river Humber was a dangerous place with ships being attacked by pirates. Having a safe place to moor was very important. The Hedon Haven was one such safe place.
By the late 12th and early 13th Century Hedon was considered one of the major ports in England.
The development of Hull as a deepwater port able to berth larger ships led to Hedon’s maritime decline. However Hedon Haven continued to be used for smaller vessels right up until 1974.
Local MP Graham Stuart has helped publicise a noticeboard that celebrates the history of the town’s historic waterway and former port. The noticeboard erected by the Hedon Haven Restoration Project is situated on what was the bank of the Haven.
As explained on Graham Stuart MP’s Website, the volunteers behind the Restoration Project hope that the haven can be re-opened and used once again for maritime purposes. The project would hope to provide a tourist attraction for the area with a visitor centre, hotel and country park.
Other information: Yorkshire Post article.