fonds PR/ACK - Parish records of Acklam and Leavening

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Parish records of Acklam and Leavening


  • 1630-2002 (Creation)

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0.1 cubic metres

5 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Acklam was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. In the twelfth century the church was granted to the Priory of Thornton on Humber by the de Scurs family. It was subsequently purchased from the Priory by Archbishop Walter de Grey of York and was henceforth subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Chancellor of York with Prebend of Laughton en le Morthen. The parish church was dedicated to St John.

The parish includes Barthorpe and Leavening and was, for a short time in the sixteenth century, the site of the Chancellor of York’s country residence. In 1850 a church school was built in Leavening and licensed to be used as a Chapel of Ease to Acklam. In 1965 it was re-dedicated to the Venerable Bede and become a church in its own right, sharing a parish and Parochial Church Council with Acklam. St John’s Church was demolished in the 1970s and replaced by the current parish church of St John, which was first built as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in 1794.

Today Acklam and Leavening are both independent churches within the united parish of West Buckrose.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1963 by the incumbent. Further additions were made in 1971, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2003.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1716-1962 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1792); register of marriages, 1716-1970; register of burials, 1716-1988 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1850-1936; register of services, 1904-1925, 1930-1971; register of confirmation candidates, 1912-1964; records concerning benefice income, including papers, 1806-1964, and post, 1979; charity records, including papers, 1963; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1867-1927, restoration accounts, 1920-1922, fabric papers, 1959-1963, papers concerning redundancy and demolition of Acklam Church, 1971-1973, church fabric papers, 1958, 1976-1986; financial papers, including income and expenditure record book, 1984-1997, and correspondence, 2001-2002; records of incumbent, including notebook on benefice, 1939, and demolition of parsonage house, 1876; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Mothers' Union records, papers and accounts, 1933-1941, 1948-51, and Girls' Friendly Society papers and accounts, 1948-1951; school records, including correspondence, accounts and papers, 1898-1949, deeds, 1630, 1731, 1841, 1869-1932, 1963, Sunday School register, 1951-1955, and Leavening Sunday School fund savings book, 1929-1978; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings and accounts, 1920-1964, 1984, National Assembly electoral roll, 1920-1946, magazine accounts, 1920-1923, and Parochial Church Council treasurers' files, 1929-1986.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute. This includes all material received up to and including 2003.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1716-1962, marriages, 1716-1970, burials, 1716-1988, and banns, 1850-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 623, 1582, 1751, 1760).

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Institution identifier

GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 08.12.15




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