"HORNSEA, a village, in the parish of its name, and the north division of Holderness wapentake, in the east riding, 193 miles from London, 16 from Hull, 15 from Bridlington, and 13 from Beverley, is a place of considerable resort in the bathing season, being situated within three quarters of a mile of the German ocean, a distance which the encroachments of the sea have been constantly diminishing for several years past, at the rate of three yards and a half per annum. Not many years since a part of this village, called Hornsea Beck, was entirely washed away by the sea; and tradition asserts, that the same fate befell a village called Hide, which stood at the distance of ten miles from this town. On the western side is a fresh water lake, called the Mere, covering more than 400 acres, in which are several small islands, and an abundance of fish, and the surface is the resort of wild ducks and other aquatic birds. The church is a spacious antique edifice, of which the Rev. Robert Croft is the vicar, and the Rev. Charles Cozy the curate. Races are held here annually, between the 17th and 24th of July, At a short distance from the village is a fine chalybeate spring. The country around is pleasing, in the neighbourhood of the mere very picturesque; and within a short walk are some delightful prospects. In 1821 the population of Hornsea with Burton was 790."
Pigot's National Commericial Directory for 1828-29
by Colin Hinson ©2007