infobox UK place
country = England
latitude = 53.9108
longitude = -0.1676
official_name = Hornsea
population = 8,243 (2001 Census)
civil_parish = Hornsea
unitary_england = East Riding of Yorkshire
region = Yorkshire and the Humber
lieutenancy_england = East Riding of Yorkshire
constituency_westminster = Beverley and Holderness
post_town = HORNSEA
postcode_district = HU18
postcode_area = HU
dial_code = 01964
os_grid_reference = TA203476

static_image_caption=Hornsea coast

Hornsea is a small seaside resort town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England at the eastern end of the Trans Pennine Trail. According to the 2001 UK Census Hornsea parish had a population of 8,243.cite web
url = http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=790980&c=Hornsea&d=16&e=15&g=391076&i=1001x1003x1004&o=1&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779
title = 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Hornsea CP (Parish)
accessdate = 2008-02-03
work = Neighbourhood Statistics
publisher = Office for National Statistics
] It is well known for its pottery factory, Hornsea Pottery. Along with exhibits of fascinating local history, the largest display of Hornsea Pottery in the world can be seen at the Hornsea Museum, which is located in Newbegin, the main street of Hornsea. It has many coastal defences such as sea walls, groynes and beach nourishment. Despite these defences, Hornsea's primarily cliff-based shoreline is eroding at one of the fastest-known rates in Europe. [cite web
url = http://www.hull.ac.uk/coastalobs/hornsea/erosionandflooding/index.html
title = Erosion and Flooding in the Parish of Hornsea - Coastal Erosion
accessdate = 2008-02-03
publisher = The East Yorkshire Coastal Observatory
] Like the larger resorts in the area, (such as Withernsea, Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough), the town has a promenade with shops selling fish and chips, ice cream, bucket and spade sets and other traditional seaside paraphernalia.

Hornsea Mere, a large lake and bird sanctuary, lies near the town and is popular for sailing. Hornsea Mere is a natural lake (not manmade) which was created by glacial movement during the Ice Age.From 1854 to 1964 Hornsea had a railway station on the Hull and Hornsea Railway which connected it to Hull. This line was opened by Joseph Armitage Wade, whose house once stood where Hornsea School and Language College stands today. A cottage close to the school was once owned by Lawrence of Arabia; and Winston Churchill visited, and was photographed in, a house nearby. Another famous visitor to the town was the Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë. [ cite book
last = Gaskell
first = Elizabeth Claghorn
authorlink = Elizabeth Gaskell
title = The Life of Charlotte Bronte, Volume 2, chapter 29
chapter =
] After the railway was recommended for closure by Dr Richard Beeching (see British Rail) in his report The Reshaping of British Railways, the trackbed became the final lap of the Trans Pennine Trail. The old railway line is now a well-maintained walking and cycling (bicycles only) trail. It is a very pleasant trail with appropriate stopping points for picnic lunches.On the southern edge of Hornsea (near the former site of Hornsea Pottery) is a large shopping centre known as Hornsea Freeport, which was the first shopping centre of its kind in this part of the north-east.


External links

* [http://www.hornsea.gov.uk/ Hornsea Town Council]
* [http://www.hornseascouts.org.uk/ Hornsea Scouts]
* [http://www.hornsea.eriding.net/ Hornsea School]

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