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Kirkham, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Kirkham, formerly an extra-parochial tract, now a parish, in the E.R. Yorkshire, on the river Derwent, and on the York and Scarborough railway, 6 miles SW of Malton. It has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office, of the name of Kirkham Abbey, under York. Acreage, 273; population, 40. An Augustinian priory was founded here in 1121 by Sir Walter Espec, was given at the dissolution to Henry Kuyvet, and has left some interesting remains, including a beautiful gate of the time of Edward I., a Norman doorway, the E end of the choir, and part of the cloisters. The site of the priory was partially excavated in 1886.

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

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for the East Riding of Yorkshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following East Riding newspapers online:

CountyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO60
Post TownYork