fonds PR/BIR - Parish records of Birdsall

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Parish records of Birdsall


  • 1558-1998 (Creation)

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0.11 cubic metres

6 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The earliest reference to St Mary’s Church, Birdsall, was between 1130 and 1153 when it was appropriated to Kirkham Priory by the priory’s founder, Walter Espec. The benefice was augmented in 1771, 1786, 1827, 1832 and 1834 through Queen Anne’s Bounty.

From the early eighteenth century Birdsall House and estate were owned by the Willoughby family, the Lords Middleton, who replaced the church in 1824 after it fell into disrepair, and purchased the living from its previous patron, the Marquis of Hertford. A new chancel was later added to the church by architect Charles Hodgson Fowler. The ruins of the original St Mary’s still stand in the grounds of Birdsall House.

Today Birdsall is part of the parish of West Buckrose, a united parish comprising eight village churches.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1967 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1972, 1981, 1996, 1999, and 2007.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1568-1590, 1597-1610, 1617-1642, 1652-1682, 1687-1981; register of marriages, 1568-1590, 1604-1610, 1620-1621, 1627-1642, 1652-1684, 1687-1753, 1756-1978; register of burials, 1558-1576, 1619-1622, 1627-1642, 1652-1684, 1687-1980; register of banns, 1825-1936; confirmation register, 1963-1998; register of services, 1936-1977; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1759-1868, 1909-1923, and fabric papers, 1950-1954; records of incumbents, including statistical returns, 1951, photographs of G. F. Apthorpe, curate (1867-1871), L B Morris, vicar (1873-1885), L Stafford Gresley, curate then vicar (1885-1918), group photograph, [20th century], and photograph of party, [c.1950s], and service papers, 1970, 1975; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1833-1856; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including parish fete accounts and papers, 1931; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1868-1917, 1920-1963, 1976-1998, and accounts, 1950.


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
  • Latin

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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 2007.

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Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1568-1981, marriages, 1568-1978, burials, 1568-1980, and banns, 1823-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 640, 1593).

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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, 17.12.15




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