"HORNSEA, a market-town and parish, in the northern division of the wapentake of HOLDERNESS, Eastriding of the county of YORK, 42 miles S.E. from York, and 190 N. from London, containing, with the hamlet of Burton, 790 inhabitants. This place, which is situated within less than a mile of the German ocean, was formerly more than ten miles distant from it, but by the encroachment of the waters, which is still in regular progression, the village of Hornsea Beck was not many years since totally destroyed. The town consists of four irregular streets, and contains some good inns, and respectable lodging- houses for the accommodation of visitors who frequent this place for sea-bathing during the season. There is a fine chalybeate spring in the town: the environs are pleasant, abounding with picturesque scenery. On the western side is a beautiful and extensive lake, covering nearly five hundred acres, containing fresh-water fish of every description, and beautifully interspersed with wooded islands, theresort of numerous aquatic birds; the banks are in many,places planted with alders, and form a delightful promenade: races are held here annually, between the 17th and 24th of July. The market is on Monday, but it is rapidly falling into disuse: the fairs are, August 13th and December 18th, for horses and cattle. The living is a vicarage with the rectory of Long Reston, in the archdeaconry of the East riding, and diocese, of York, rated in the king's books at £13. 3. 4., and in the patronage of the Crown. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a spacious'structure in the decorated.style of.English architecture, with insertions of a later date; the spire, which was a conspicuous land-mark, was blown down more than a century since. There are-places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists."
[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]