Kirkburn shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
|Population||903 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||170 mi (270 km) S|
|Unitary authority||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Ceremonial county||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||East Yorkshire|
The civil parish is formed by the village of Kirkburn and the hamlets of Eastburn, Kelleythorpe and Southburn. According to the 2011 UK census, Kirkburn parish had a population of 903, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 492.
Originally known as Westburn at the time of the Domesday Book, the name was changed to Kirkburn after the building of St. Mary's Church in the village between 1130 to 1155; the word "kirk" meaning "church". The church was restored in the 19th century, the work being carried out by John Loughborough Pearson and George Edmund Street. In 1966 the church was designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. It is on the Sykes Churches Trail devised by the East Yorkshire Churches Group.
An important archaeological relic was found in 1987 during the excavation of a nearby Iron Age grave, dated to the 3rd century BC. The Kirkburn Sword, as it became known, is described by the British Museum as "probably the finest Iron Age sword in Europe". Its handle is assembled of 37 pieces of iron, bronze and horn and decorated with red glass. Its scabbard is made of iron and polished bronze, decorated with a scroll pattern in La Tène style, with red glass studs and insets. Also in the British Museum are Celtic Iron Age finds from a chariot burial discovered only 10 metres away from the man who was buried with the Kirkburn sword. They include an ornately decorated pair of linchpins from the chariot's axle.
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- Media related to Kirkburn at Wikimedia Commons
- The British Museum describes the Kirkburn Sword
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- Kirkburn in the Domesday Book