William the Conqueror gave the town to the Bishops of Durham in 1080.[2] The wapentake of Howdenshire was named after the town.

In the early 19th century Howden became famous throughout Europe for its horse fair, held every September. In Georgian times, the fair was quoted in The Sporting Magazine in 1807 as being the "largest fair for horses in the Kingdom".[7]

Howdens is unusual in that it refuses to sell to the public direct. Builders buy the kitchen chosen by their customer and either pass it on at cost or sell it on at a profit – helped, it is claimed, by estimates produced by Howdens staff.

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Hussein’s story will make uncomfortable reading for anyone who has had a Howdens kitchen fitted during the past few years. It also shows how anyone buying a kitchen in this way needs to be aware of how the system works.

The annual Howden Horticultural and Agricultural show is now held on the first Sunday in July.[8]

In late 2003 the Press Association (PA) completed building work on what it calls its 'Operations Centre', despite notable opposition from the residents of Howden, and it stands on the site of the old Georgian police station. This left Howden without a police presence in the town until late 2005. The building was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, continuing Howden's relations with the Royal Family.

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“We were recommended a builder by a family friend, who in turn suggested we use Howdens because he said he’d be able to get us a good trade discount,” Hussein says. “The saleswoman came and measured up and we chose the kitchen, but when the estimate came through it was £16,000 – significantly more than we’d been expecting, and much more than my brother had recently been quoted by Howdens for a similar-sized kitchen.”

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On the night of 29 September 1696, after nearly 150 years of neglect, the roof of the choir fell down. The minster ruins were left where they fell until 1748 when the site was cleared, and the townsfolk took them for their own. Many used the masonry as building stones.[2]

Online retailer Ebuyer.com also recently relocated their headquarters from Sheffield to Howden. Their vast warehouse and office building is on Ferry Road, close to Howdendyke. Adjacent to the Ebuyer.com headquarters is that of Wren Kitchens along with a new warehouse and distribution centre. This new development is in partnership with Ebuyer.

Howden's architecture is chiefly from the Georgian and Victorian era, most of the town centre exclusively being built in this period. Most of Howden's pubs were built during this time, and it is said that, at one point, there were more pubs in Howden per square half-mile than anywhere else in the country.[9]

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Car dealers have long had full ticket prices that no one actually pays. However, Howdens seems to have taken the concept to a whole new level. Hussein says he was left wondering why the company even publishes them in the first place, given their absurdity.

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Shopping around, Guardian Money found what appeared to be an equivalent Beko washing machine from Appliances Direct for £319. It was also selling Hotpoint and Whirlpool dishwashers boasting similar features for £274 and £328 respectively, and integrated 70-30 fridge-freezers made by Candy and Smeg for £254 and £408 respectively.

An electoral ward with the same name exists. This ward stretches west to Barmby on the Marsh with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 4,865.[15]

Howden Floral and Horticultural Society was formed in 1854 and held its first exhibition on Thursday 16 August 1855. This took place in the field adjoining the Bishop's Manor House, which was kindly lent by Mr G.Clark.

Howden was featured in The Times top 20 list of places with the best standard of living in the UK in 2005.[14]

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A look online shows that Hussein is not the only person bemused by Howdens’ far-from-transparent pricing policy. On the Mumsnet website there are several discussions on the subject.

In the 14th and 15th centuries, Howden became a centre for pilgrims because of John of Howden's alleged miracles in the latter part of the 13th century.[6]

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Due to the outbreak of the First and Second World Wars, the shows were halted from 1914 to 1920 and again between 1940 and 1946, but have been held every year since. The hundredth Howden Show was held in 1979 and it was then that it became a two-day event. In 2007 the show returned to its traditional home in The Ashes and also reverted to its original one-day format.

Posters on these forums say that one of the odd things about the firm is the fact that some Howdens branches will deal with customers direct, provided they use a fitter, while others won’t. Others claim that prices vary significantly from branch to branch and depend on when in the sales commission cycle the estimates are issued.

The population falling within the union at the 1831 census had been 12,728 with parishes ranging in size from Cotness (population 29) to Howden itself (2,130). The average annual poor-rate expenditure for the period 1834–36 had been £6,263.

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Plans for the further development of Howden include a permanent set of traffic lights, more housing and an industrial estate.

Howden is a small market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It lies north of the M62, on the A614 road about 17 miles (27 km) south-east of York and 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Goole.

Internet forums are awash with customers complaining about what they dub the company’s “smoke and mirrors” pricing. But Howdens, which proudly displays its royal warrant on its website, argues that complainants simply “don’t know how the building trade works”. What is not in doubt is that Howdens is a big beast in this sector, claiming that in 2015 it supplied more than 400,000 kitchens, 2.4m doors and 750,000 appliances to UK homes.

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In the latter part of the mid-20th century, two banks and a Co-op, the town's largest grocery store, opened, giving the people of Howden a more convenient infrastructure.

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