fonds PR/BRAM - Parish records of Bramham

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Parish records of Bramham


  • 1586-1995 (Creation)

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0.17 cubic metres

11 boxes and 4 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Bramham, also known as Bramham cum Oglethorpe, was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century, although the present All Saints parish church dates from c.1150. The church’s graveyard is believed to be of Saxon origin. Bramham was held by the Fossard family until c.1126-1129 when it were gifted by them to the Priory of Nostell and subsequently made a Prebend of York Minster. It was subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of York until the nineteenth century.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century the patronage and impropriation of the church was granted by the Crown to the Deans and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford, who retained it until 1917. The college funded the repair and enlargement of the vicarage house in 1854. The living was augmented in 1770 and 1793 through Queen Anne’s Bounty, and again in 1814 by parliamentary grant. In 1917 the patronage passed to the Lane Fox family of Bramham Park.

The parish historically included the townships of Bramham, Boston Spa, Clifford and Oglethorpe. Chapels of ease were created at Boston Spa in 1814, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, and at Clifford in 1842, dedicated to St Luke. In 1853 both chapelries separated from Bramham to form the new parishes of Boston Spa and of Clifford. All Saints Church underwent substantial restoration in the same year, and again in 1927.

Today Bramham forms part of the parish of Lower Wharfe, which also includes St Mary’s Church in Boston Spa and St Peter’s Church in Walton. The parish is notable as the location of the 1408 Battle of Bramham Moor.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1966 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1983, 1997 and 2002.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1586-1995 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1792-1812); register of marriages, 1586-1995; register of burials, 1586-1913 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812, causes only 1777-1792); register of banns, 1882-1987; register of services, 1912-1995; register of confirmations, 1859; records concerning benefice income, including terriers, 1676-1825, survey and valuation of tithes including notes of condition of land, crops and farming methods, 1776, tithe accounts, 1814-1817, 1820-1836, tithe papers, including correspondence and evidence in legal dispute, 1748-1947, compositions, 1718, glebe rentals, 1823-1824, glebe papers, 1835-1938, and map of allotments, 19th century; charity records, including deed, 1712, list of recipients, 1851-1860, memoranda on poor money, 1610-1633, and subscription list, 19th century; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1859-1862, briefs, 1658-1661, assessment, 1606, fabric papers, 1853-1875, 1888, 1927-1939, and pew memoranda, 1611-1631; constables’ records, including account, 1803; records of incumbents, including notes on incumbents, 1819-1826, parsonage house repairs, 1719-1721, and dilapidations, 1915, 1930, 1966; overseers’ records, including settlement examinations, 1766-1826, certificates, 1707-1789, removals, 1781-1825, bastardy bonds, 1739-1823, warrants to apprehend fathers, 1811-18, apprenticeship indentures, 1743-1801, and deed, 1693; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including rules for bell ringers, 19th century; school records, including correspondence, 1862, 1893; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1810-1900, votes for sexton, 1859, and parish map, c.1839; papers concerning the history of the parish, n.d.


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 2002.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1586-1906, marriages, 1586-1966, burials, 1586-1913, and banns, 1882-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 647-648, 1595, 1761).

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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, 21.12.15




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