From the crossroads at High Hunsley, up on the Yorkshire Wolds, the view to the west stretches far across the plain, until it merges into the haze. Closer at hand, but hidden beneath the descending hills, lies a crescent of villages, long established on their lowland shelf, bordered on the south by the wide silver snake of the Humber. Through over 200 photographs, this book offers a pictorial impression of the daily life of these communities, in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. To this place of them the Romans came, to found their fortified settlement of Petuaria, later to re-emerge as Brough, much later still to be adopted by Robert Blackburn as the waterside home of his aircraft factory. A little way downstream lies North Ferriby, scene in 1937 of the Wright brothers' discovery of the Bronze Age boats, buried for over three millenia in the clay of the Humber shore. Further inland, the crescent includes Melton and Welton, Elloughton, Brantingham, Ellerker and South and North Cave, all of them greatly changed today, as can be seen in these old photographs.