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Kilham East Riding of Yorkshire

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Kilham Spring

Kilham is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire which was once an important market place with a significant population. It lies on the Roman Road from York to Bridlington with a spring said to have had curative properties. [1] Roads lead from Kilham to Driffield, Bridlington, Rudston, Burton Fleming, Wold Newton and Langtoft.[2]

Church from East St.

The Parish Church of All Saints dates to Norman times and was Grade 1 listed on 20 September 1966. [3]

In 1634 a Free Grammar School was founded by John, Lord Darcy of Aston to teach all boys in the parish Latin and Greek.

Kilham's importance began to decline with the opening of the Driffield Navigation in 1770 which connected the Wolds with Kingston upon Hull. By 1771moves were afoot by the landowner to enclose the land. [4] Edward Anderson, whose family moved to Kilham in about 1772 wrote in his poem twenty years later "But when the town of Kilham first I saw, Houses were built of clay and thatched in straw. What alteration in a little while! The houses now are mostly brick and tile." [5]

In 1801 a Meeting was held at Kilham to discuss the difficulties the poor had in affording flour at the meeting it was decided to take up a subscription for the purpose of building a mill in Kilham for the purposes of grinding corn at a cheap rate and in a fair manner. Major Topham would be president, with a committee of Peter Berriman, John Berriman, John Sharp, John Milner and Richard Hopper. Marmmaduke Prickett of Bridlington would be treasurer and the bankers were Sir Christopher Sykes and Mr Broadley. [6]

Kilham Mill

1801 subscribers to Kilham Mill Project
Kilham, Yorkshire, England

NameAmount in £
Peter Berriman100
John Berriman100
Friendly Society of Kilham100
John Milner50
John Sharp50
J Milner Sen50
Major Topham30
Anthony Settrington30
Richard Hopper30
Thomas Eggleston30
Thomas Lamplugh30
Robert Prickett30
Marmaduke Prickett of Bridlington20
T Milner Wold Newton10
Christ. Oxtaby Wold Newton10
Robert Brigham Octon10
H Barnby Langtoft10
John Anderson10
Richard Towse10
Wm. Mallory10
R Bennington10
Joseph Dawson10
William Cooke10

The Baptist Chapel was built in 1818-19, on a site given by "Peter Berriman and Mary his wife."

Kilham Cemetery

Kilham's decline was slow and by 1885 it was necessary to create a new cemetery on the road to Burton Fleming


  1. Wikipedia: Kilham [1]
  2. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.0639839,-0.3778278,15z
  3. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-166910-church-of-all-saints-kilham-#.V76yR5grJaU
  4. 1771. An Act for Inclosure of grounds within the township of Kilham on the Wolds. (marked "Joshua Wilson Esq)
  5. The Sailor, Edward Anderson
  6. York Herald Saturday 14 February 1801
  • Genuki: Kilham [2]
  • Yorkshire Life [3]
  • The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds [4]

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