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[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 119."

"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."

[Description(s) edited mainly from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson. ©2010]


  • 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.


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