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Nunburnholme, East Riding of Yorkshire

Historical Description

Nunburnholme, a village and a parish in the E.R. Yorkshire. The parish lies on the W side of the Wolds, 1½ mile NE of Burnby, and 3 miles E by S of Pocklington. It has a station on the N.E.R. Post town, Hayton, under York; money order and telegraph office, Pocklington. Acreage, 1857; population, 252. A Benedictine nunnery was founded here, in the time of Henry III., by Roger de Morlais, the site of which can still be clearly traced. The living is a rectory in the diocese of York; net value, £210 with residence. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church, dedicated to St James, is an ancient building in the Norman style, with Early English and Decorated additions. Two sections of an interesting pre-Norman cross, supposed to date from about the end of the 10th century, stand in the churchyard. The rectory was held for thirty-nine years by the Rev. F. O. Morris, B.A., the well-known naturalist and author of the " History of British Birds" and many other works. He died in 1893, and was buried at Nunburnholme. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishNun-Burnholme St. James 
Poor Law unionPocklington 

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

Church Records

Findmypast, in conjunction with various Archives, Local Studies, and Family History Societies have the following parish records online for Nunburnholme:

1586-1912 1585-19291586-1986

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Nunburnholme from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Nunburnholme are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

CountyEast Riding of Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Postal districtYO42
Post TownYork