78 Hailgate a nice example of a three-story late 18th century house, probably associated with one or more of the breweries which flanked it. In the 1920s Nevil Shute Norway, the Chief Calculator at the Howden Airship Station where the R100 was being built, lodged here. He later became famous as the novelist Nevil Shute and his first novel 'Mazaran' was probably written here.
Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career, and "Nevil Shute" as his pen name, to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.Vintage Books reprinted all 23 of his books in 2009.