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Kilnsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Kilnsea, a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire, on the coast, at the mouth of the Humber, 8½ miles SE of Patrington station on the N.E.R. Post town and money order office, Easington, under Hull; telegraph office, Spurn Point. Acreage, 912; population, 194. The manor belongs to the Constable family. Spurn Head, with its lighthouses, forms the 9E extremity. The old lighthouse built by Smeaton was condemned as unsafe in 1894, and a new one erected in its place. Large portions of the land have been swept away by the sea, and even portions which remain are overflowed by high tides and threatened with destruction. Some Roman relics have been found. The living is a vicarage, united with Easington and Skeffling, in the diocese of York; joint gross value, £210. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The old church was destroyed by the advancing waves in 1826. The new church was built in 1865, and is in the Early English style, of dark red brick, with white bands and stone coignes saved from the old church. See SPURN HEAD.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyYorkshire 
Ecclesiastical parishKilnsea St. Helen 
Poor Law unionPatrington 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtHU12
Post TownHull