The Ancient Parish of KIRKBURN
[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. © 2010]
[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]
"KIRKBURN, a parish in the wapentake of Harthill, 4 miles W. of Driffield. The
church (see Churches for photograph) is dedicated to St. Mary, and the living, which is a vicarage, in the
patronage of the King, and enjoyed by the Rev. William Cautley, B. A. This
village forms part of the ample property of Sir M. M. Sykes, Bart. Population
"BATTLEBURN, (High and Low) a hamlet in the parish of Kirkburn, and wapentake of
Harthill; ½ mile NNE. of Kirkburn, 8½ miles SW. of Driffield."
"EASTBURN, a farm house in the parish of Kirkburn, and wapentake of Harthill; ¾
mile ENE. of Kirkburn, 3 miles SW. of Driffield. Pop. 12."
"SMITHY BRIGG, a farm house in the parish of Kirkburn, and wapentake of Harthill;
4 miles WSW. of Driffield. Pop. 103"
"SOUTHBURN, in the parish of Kirkburn, and wapentake of Harthill; ¾ mile SE. of
Kirkburn, 4 miles WSW. of Driffield. Pop. 103."
"TIBTHORPE, in the parish of Kirkburn, and wapentake of Harthill; 1¼ miles W. of
Kirkburn, 6½ miles SW. of Driffield. Pop. 221."
- Here is a photograph of
St Mary's Church, Kirkburn.
(The Church's website is here.)
- Today in 1999 the fabric at Kirkburn St. Mary is in bad shape.
Why should the fabric be restored ???
As with all things, years take their toll. The tower is in bad
condition, as are the bells and their mountings which mean they
cannot be rung properly, much of the upperwork including the
Pearson vestry needs urgent attention, and the stonework generally
is in bad condition. But Kirkburn St. Mary is not just a Church;
it is part of the English Heritage. Every stone was hewn, carved
and placed by our ancestors as a labour of love; the building
was erected without benefit of modern building equipment to the
glory of God with whom they had a real and personal relationship.
And Kirkburn St. Mary has stood for more than 800 years proclaiming
the reality of its existence, standing firm amidst all the changes
of the centuries, evidencing the pride of those peoples in their
work and in their faith. Kirkburn St. Mary is a marker for us
and for future generations showing that age does not equate with
inferiority, that our future was established in the past, and
that heritage is a standard of value not to be set aside lightly.
And so the people today at Kirkburn St. Mary have established
a fund to restore the fabric of this beautiful building.
Contributions made payable to St. Mary's Church P.C.C. should
be sent to 28 Southgate, Cranswick YO25 9QX and will be received
and used with grateful thanks.
- This parish is covered by the following Society:
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