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KILNSEA: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"KILNSEA, a parish in the S. division of the wapentake of Holderness, East Riding county York, 8 miles S.E. of Patrington. The village is situated on a narrow projecting point which runs out to the German Ocean, terminating in the promontory of Spurn Head, on the extremity of which are two lighthouses and a four-gun battery. The land is arable, and the soil clayey. Spurn Head, the Ocellum Promontorium of Ptolemy, had once a considerable port called Ravenspur, or Ravensburgh, which, with its populous market town of the same name, was washed away early in the 15th century. It enjoyed a considerable trade, and sent members to parliament in the reigns of Edward I. and Edward III. There is a lifeboat, stationed here by the Hull Trinity House, for the purpose of assisting vessels in distress. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York, value £82. The church, dedicated to St. Helen, was destroyed in 1826 by the encroachment of the sea; but some ruins of the tower are still visible. Divine service is performed in a large room. Some Roman relics have been discovered here. Sir S. A. Constable is lord of the manor."


"SPURN HEAD, a promontory in the parish of Kilnsea, S. division of Holderness wapentake, East Riding county York, 12 miles S.E. of Patrington. It is the Ocellum Promontorium of Ptolemy, and projects into the mouth of the river Humber, near its influx into the North Sea. It is connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus which is overflowed at high-water, and is a life-boat station under the direction of the Trinity House of Hull."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
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