fonds PR/BRAN - Parish records of Brandsby

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Parish records of Brandsby


  • 1575-2014 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.11 cubic metres

6 boxes and 1 roll

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Brandsby was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. The patronage of the church descended with the lords of Brandsby manor. The de la River family held the manor and patronage from the twelfth century until 1581 when it passed by marriage to the Cholmeleys of Brandsby Hall, who retained it until the 1940s. In 1948 it was transferred to the Archbishop of York.

The medieval parish church of All Saints was demolished c.1767 and rebuilt on a new site in the English Renaissance style at the expense of Frances Cholmeley. The rebuilding took several years to complete and during the period 1767-1770 baptisms, marriages and burials were registered at nearby Dalby. The church was restored by Temple Moore in 1905. The old rectory house dates from 1565 and was remodelled in 1807.

The parish includes the village of Stearsby. In 1960 an alteration of the boundaries of Brandsby and Coxwold parishes took place. Consequently the chapelry of Yearsley also became part of Brandsby parish. The church at Yearsley was built in 1839 and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

Today Brandsby parish is part of the Seven Churches Group which includes the villages of Brandsby, Yearsley, Crayke, Carlton Husthwaite, Coxwold, Husthwaite and Wass.

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 1981, 1983, 2002, 2004 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1575-2001 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1810-1812); register of marriages, 1575-2014; register of burials, 1575-2000 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1809-1812); register of services, 1945-1998; records concerning benefice income, including tithe accounts, 1841-1898, tithe and glebe rentals, 1867-1886, tithe papers, 1822, 1839-1842, 1921-1926, glebe survey and map, 1873, glebe maps, 1874, 1880, glebe papers, 1835, 1874, 1913, 1916, 1928, 1935, and papers, 1938, 1950; charity records, including deed, 1874, memoranda, 1639, 18th century, correspondence, 1874-1881; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1867-1906, and restoration papers, 1816, 1821; records of incumbents, including non-residence licenses, 1845, 1849, suspensions of presentation, 1949, 1954, 1959, dilapidations papers, 1936-1838, parsonage house drainage agreement, 1934, and correspondence, 1813, 1817, 1838; overseers’ records, including settlement certificate, 1773; school records, including answers to questionnaire about school, c.1861; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including map of parish boundaries, 1959, and parish memoranda book of copies of documents, n.d.; plans for alterations to church by Temple Moore, 1905; Yearsley Church records, including service register, 1929-1953, meeting minute book, 1954-1960, and account book, 1895-1933.


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 2016.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1575-1902, marriages, 1575-1982, and burials, 1575-1903, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 649).

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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. Updated 29.07.16 to include 2016 accession.




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