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St Helen's Church, Kilnsea
Kilnsea is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid referenceTA409159
• London145 mi (233 km) S
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHULL
Postcode districtHU12
Dialling code01964
UK Parliament
List of places
53°37′15″N 0°07′46″E / 53.620856°N 0.129497°E / 53.620856; 0.129497Coordinates: 53°37′15″N 0°07′46″E / 53.620856°N 0.129497°E / 53.620856; 0.129497

Kilnsea is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, in an area known as Holderness. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) south of the village of Easington, on the north bank of the Humber Estuary.

The hamlet forms part of the civil parish of Easington.

15-foot high (4.6 m) First World War concrete acoustic mirror near Kilnsea.

East of Kilnsea is the Grade II listed First World War concrete acoustic mirror used as an early warning device.[1]

Kilnsea has one public house, the Crown and Anchor.

In 1823 Kilnsea was a civil parish in the Wapentake and Liberty of Holderness. The parish church, dedicated to Saint Helen, was close to the cliff and in a "state of dilapidation" and "dangerous condition". Repairs were considered useless with the expectation that the sea, which had already swept away the graveyard, would take the church "in a short time". Population in 1823 was 196.[2]

The old St Helen's Church was lost to the sea in 1826, and was replaced by a new church in 1865, at a cost of £420, that incorporated some salvaged remains of the old building.[3] The church was listed as a Grade II building on 14 December 2018.[4]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Acoustic mirror at TA 4106 1663 (1263347)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ Baines, Edward (1823). History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York. p. 360.
  3. ^ "Consecration of Kilnsea Church". York Herald. 29 April 1865. p. 9. Retrieved 25 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ Historic England (14 December 2018). "Church of St Helen, Kilnsea, Easington (1455135)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006.

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