fonds PR/BIS - Parish records of Bishopthorpe

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Parish records of Bishopthorpe


  • 1692-2010 (Creation)

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0.18 cubic metres

9 boxes

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Name of creator

(c 1202-)

Administrative history

The Church of St Andrew at Bishopthorpe was built c.1202, almost certainly by the Prior and monks of the newly founded Priory of St Andrew at Fishergate in York. The village was thereafter known as Andrewthorpe or Thorpe St Andrew, until Archbishop Walter de Gray acquired the property and advowson of the church from the priory and built his episcopal residence there at some point prior to 1241. The first known use of the name Bishopthorpe appeared in written record in 1275. The village has also been known as Thorpe on Ouse.

Archbishop de Gray conveyed the parish lands he had acquired to the Dean and Chapter of York, while the advowson of the parish church remained in the gift of the Archbishop. In 1269 it was appropriated by Archbishop Walter Gifford to the Priory of St Clement’s, near York, and a vicarage was ordained there the same year. The priory retained the advowson until the Dissolution of the Monasteries when it passed to the Crown. In 1746-7 it was restored to the Archbishop of York.

The benefice was augmented in 1729 and 1731 through Queen Anne’s Bounty. In 1768 St Andrew’s Church was completely rebuilt by Archbishop Drummond. The roof and floor were later replaced, and the seating expanded, by Archbishop Vernon Harcourt in 1842. Following severe flooding in 1892 a new burial ground was created on the corner of Church Lane and Bishopthorpe Road, and in 1899 a new church was built to the north of this site. The ruins of the old St Andrew’s Church are today in the care of St Andrew’s Trust, a registered charity. The vicarage was also rebuilt in 1825.

In 1866 parts of Middlethorpe and Dringhouses were transferred to Bishopthorpe from the parishes of St Mary Bishophill Senior and Holy Trinity, Micklegate.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1978 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1982, 1983, 1993, 1999, 2002 and 2013.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1692-1973 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1792 and 1795-1806); register of marriages, 1692-1976, 1992-2009; register of burials, 1692-1925 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1793, 1795-1797 and 1809-1812); register of banns, 1824-1985; register of services, 1891-1986, 1994-2010; register of confirmations, 1864-1898, 1946-1983; communicants' roll, 1941-1959; records concerning benefice income, including tithe accounts, 1760, 1807, 1825, 1851, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1897, tithe correspondence and papers, 1624, 1850, 1867-1901, 1926-1931, glebe papers and maps, 1768. 1858, 1896, income payments, 1928-1931, and correspondence, 1866; charity records, including minutes of meetings, 1892-1902, accounts and correspondence, 1851-1883, 1914, deeds, 1805, 1857, 1893, 1900-1901, and correspondence, 1858-1862; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1857-1881, 1883-1891, 1895-1897, 1910-1924, 1931, papers regarding building of new church, 1895-1901, restoration papers, 1872-1873, fabric papers, 1867-1890, 1920, 1924, 1950, and churchyard papers, 1872, 1883-1884, 1892, 1910; records of incumbents, including a History of Bishopthorpe c.1853 and c.1900, papers concerning the parsonage house, 1824-1826, 1876-1884, 1909, and photographs of vicars of Bishopthorpe, n.d.; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including papers regarding reading room, 1898, diamond jubilee accounts, 1897, fete accounts, 1908, medical club accounts and papers, 1859, 1874-1897, clothing club accounts, 1885, 1891, payments to Church of England societies, 1884-1892; school records, including accounts, 1884-1885, questionnaire regarding attendance and landowners, c.1880, and papers, 1892; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1894-1919, 1935-1952, accounts, 1868-1924, enclosure award revision, 1836, magazines, 1959-1966, manor court presentments, 1769, lands leased, 1783, 1797, and census return, 1861.


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 2002. Later material has not yet been listed, please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1692-1973, marriages, 1692-1963, burials, 1692-1925, and banns, 1824-1900, tithe rentals, 1760-1870, terriers, 1758, and census, 1861, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 642, 1593, 1752, 1765).

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Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The parish registers of Bishopthorpe, 1631-1838.' Transcribed and edited by Elizabeth Brunskill (Leeds, 1986).

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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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