North of the junction of the M1 and the M18 is Doncaster, a busy industrial town with little left to recall its Roman and medieval history. It is famous, though, for the St. Leger Race, the oldest classic horse-race on the racing calendar. To the northwest is Brodsworth Hall, a perfect time capsule of a Victorian country house.
Further east, near Scunthorpe, is the Regency mansion Normanby Hall, built in 1820 by Sir Robert Smirk, architect of the British Museum. It is furnished in period style and has a costume display.
In Grimsby on the coast, visit the National Fishing Heritage Center for a look at the history of Britain’s fisheries. A video display recreates life at sea on a trawler of 40 years ago. Back on the A 15(T) a short drive brings you to Humber Bridge, which has the longest single span in the world, stretching 1,650 yards (1,510 m) across the Humber estuary.
Kingston-upon-Hull, or simply Hull, is the largest British port after London which accounts for it being heavily bombed during the war. Freighters and North Sea ferries operate from the docks. Hull is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, the anti-slavery campaigner; his house on High St. is now the Wilberforce Museum. In the city, the collection of the Ferens Art Gallery ranges from Old Masters to 18th-century portraiture and Victorian narrative works.
Northeast of Hull and north of Sproatley on the B1238, lies Burton Constable Hall, a 16th-century house with 18th-century additions by interior decorator Robert Adam and gardens landscaped by Capability Brown. Northe of Hull stands the unspoiled historic town of Beverley with its magnificent 13th-century cathedral. It contains the tomb of the Percy family of Northumberland, and wonderful wood carvings. St. Mary’s Church, on the other hand, has beautiful ceiling paintings in store for it’s visitors.