Sunk Island

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Sunk Island
Sunk Island is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Sunk Island
Sunk Island
 Sunk Island shown within the East Riding of Yorkshire
Population 228 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference TA267190
Civil parish Sunk Island
Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
Ceremonial county East Riding of Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HULL
Postcode district HU12
Dialling code 01964
Police Humberside
Fire Humberside
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Beverley and Holderness
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Coordinates: 53°39′09″N 0°05′04″W / 53.652384°N 0.084397°W / 53.652384; -0.084397

Sunk Island is a Crown Estate village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It lies 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Ottringham and 1-mile (1.6 km) to the north of the Humber Estuary. The Greenwich Meridian passes through the east of the parish.[2]

According to the 2011 UK census, Sunk Island parish had a population of 228,[1] an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 224.[3]


Church Farm

Sunk Island originated as a sand bank in the Humber Estuary; at first it was open sea, then accumulated until visible only at low tides, then at all tides. Colonel Gilby raised the outer banks, making it useful for pasturage, under lease/gift from the crown.[4]

By the reign of Charles I of England, it was said to form a seven acre island, one-and-a-half mile from the mainland.[5] From 1663, the land around it was gradually drained, and by the mid-18th century, the channel separating it from the shore had entirely silted up. It was parished in 1831.[5]

A fort was built at the outbreak of the First World War.

Today, the settlement consists of a church, a few houses and various farms. Cottages were built 1855–7 by Samuel Sanders Teulon.

The parish church of the Holy Trinity, designed by Ewan Christian in the 1870s,[6] is a Grade II listed building.[7]

Holy Trinity Church


  1. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Area: Sunk Island CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sunk Island, Greenwich Meridian Marker". The Greenwich Meridian. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Sunk Island CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Philosophical Transactions, vol 30, p. 1015
  5. ^ a b GENUKI. "SUNK ISLAND: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1892.". Retrieved 3 August 2007. 
  6. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Neave, David (2002) [1972]. Yorkshire: York and the East Riding: The Buildings of England (2nd ed.). Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-09593-7. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of the Holy Trinity (1161190)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 10. 

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