Place:Skerne, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesSchirnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 309
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.983°N 0.406°W
Located inEast Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
Humberside, England     (1974 - 1996)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1996 - )
See alsoDriffield Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which the civil parish was located 1894-1974
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Skerne is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It now forms part of the civil parish of Skerne and Wansford. The village is situated 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south of the River Hull and the Driffield Canal. It is approximately 2 miles (3 km) south-east from Driffield and 2 miles north-east from Hutton Cranswick.

Historically, Skerne was an ecclesiastical parish in the wapentake of Harthill. From 1894 until 1974, Skerne was located in Driffield Rural District. The merger of Skerne with the neighbouring civil parish of Wansford occurred in 1935.

In 1974 most of what had been the East Riding of Yorkshire was joined with the northern part of Lincolnshire to became a new English county named Humberside. The urban and rural districts of the former counties were abolished and Humberside was divided into non-metropolitan districts. The new organization did not meet with the pleasure of the local citizenry and Humberside was wound up in 1996. The area north of the River Humber was separated into two "unitary authorities"—Kingston-upon-Hull covering the former City of Hull and its closest environs, and the less urban section which, once again, named itself the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Research Tips

  • GENUKI on Skerne. The GENUKI page gives numerous references to local bodies providing genealogical assistance.
  • The FamilySearch wiki on the ecclesiastical parish of Skerne provides a list of useful resources for the local area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time on Skerne.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time also provides links to three maps of the East Riding, produced by the United Kingdom Ordnance Survey, illustrating the boundaries between the civil parishes and the rural districts at various dates. These maps all blow up to a scale that will illustrate small villages and large farms or estates.
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