fonds PR/ASK/B - Parish records of Askham Bryan

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Parish records of Askham Bryan


  • 1695-1996 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.09 cubic metres

6 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

At the time of the Norman Conquest, Askham Bryan, also known as Great Askham, was part of a manor that also included nearby Askham Richard. No church was recorded there in Domesday, but in the twelfth century the manor and advowson of a church were passed by Roger de Mowbray to his friend, William de Tykhill. The present parish church of St Nicholas dates from this period. The manor eventually came into the possession of Bryan Fitzalan, Baron Fitzalan, in the thirteenth century, from whom it derives its name.

The church was appropriated to St Mary’s Abbey, York, at an early date. The parish is a perpetual curacy and it was subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Manorial Court of Askham Bryan until the mid-nineteenth century.

An alteration of the boundaries occurred on the 20th Dec 1967.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1968 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1979, 1983, 1994, 1996 and 2000.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1695-1916 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1783-1812); register of marriages, 1695-1836, 1838-1996; register of burials, 1695-1943 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1783-1812); register of banns, 1823-1933; register of services, 1891-1926, 1943-1994; register of confirmations, 1800, 1954-1976; register of communicant numbers, 1943-1962; records concerning benefice income, including tithe agreement, 1807, tenancy agreement for glebe, 1908, note of glebe, 20th century, and renunciation of right of way, 1907; charity records, including accounts, 1866-1895, 1897-1929, abstract of title, 1814-1892, note of extent of Poor's land, 19th century, and correspondence, 1936-1937; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1836-1949, and fabric papers, 1896-1955; records of incumbents, including weather and crop notes, 1799-1807, and statistical returns, 1892-1905; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1904-1947, letter book, 1908-1909, deeds, 1856, and insurance papers, 1895-1911, 1963; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1867-1929, account book, 1973-1985.


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.

Language of material

  • 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 2000.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1695-1916, marriages, 1695-1992, burials, 1695-1943, banns, 1823-1900, and churchwardens' accounts,1836-1879, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 631, 1751, 1589, 1765).

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Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The parish registers of Askham Bryan, Vols 1-6, 1695-1837.' Transcribed and edited by Harold Richardson (York, 1967).

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Description identifier

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, 09.12.15




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