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The Ancient Parish of SKIPSEA

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"SKIPSEA, a parish in the wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 9 miles S. of Bridlington. The church is dedicated to All Saints (see Churches for photograph); the Rev. Joseph Lowes is vicar, and the Archbishop of York is the patron. A ghost, of very ancient date, the wife of Drugo de Brueres, murdered by her husband, in the reign of William the Conqueror, is said to haunt the villa to this day Population, 29.

At this place was an ancient castle, built by Drugo de Bruerer, a Fleming, the first Lord of Holderness after the conquest, who accompanied William into England, and being skilful and courageous in arms, was rewarded with this estate, as well as the hand of his niece in marriage; but, she being poisoned by him, he was obliged to fly for his life, and his estates given to Stephen, the son of Edo, Earl of Albemarle, in Normandy. No remains of the building are now to be seen, but in the middle of the marsh, which separates Skipsea from Skipsea Brough, is an artificial Mound of a circular form, and considerable height, on the top of which may be traced, the foundations of an ancient castle or tower. This mound still retains the name of Castle-Hill. --Camden. -Magna. Brit. --Archaeol."

"BONWICK, in the parish of Skipsea, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1¼ miles S. of Skipsea, 4 miles NNW. of Hornsea. Pop. 30."

"DRINGHOE, (or Drinkow) in the parish of Skipsea, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1 mile W. of Skipsea, 9 miles E. of Driffield. Population, including Skipsea, Brough, and Upton, 164."

"SKIPSEA BROUGH, in the parish of Skipsea, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; ¼ mile WSW. of Skipsea, 9 miles S. of Bridlington. Pop included with Dringhoe & Upton."

"ULROME, in the parish of Skipsea, and wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1¼ miles N. of Skipsea, 6½ miles NNW. of Hornsea. Here is a Chapel of Ease (see Churches for photograph), of a very ancient structure, and the incumbent is the Rev. John Gilby, rector of Barmston. Population, 170.

That part of Ulrome which is in the parish of Skipsea, bury in that church, and pay towards the repairs of the same, one fourth. According to Bacon, it is a vicarage endowed and discharged, valued at 3L. 19s. 2d."

"UPTON, in the parish of Skipsea, wapentake and liberty of Holderness; 1¾ miles WSW. of Skipsea, 11 miles SSW. of Bridlington. Pop. included with Skipsea Brough."

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




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Description and Travel

  • Dringhoe (on the Driffield on line site).
  • Skipsea (on the Driffield on line site).
  • Ulrome (on the Driffield on line site).





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  • Between 1823 and 1892 the township of Ulrome (in this parish) became a parish in its own right. See Ulrome Parish.

Monumental Inscriptions