fonds PR/BRAY - Parish records of Brayton

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Parish records of Brayton


  • 1614-2002 (Creation)

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0.3 cubic metres

17 boxes and 6 rolls

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(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Brayton was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century, although the present church of St Wilfrid dates to the twelfth. The church was given to the Abbey of Selby and remained subject to the jurisdiction of the Peculiar Court of Selby until the nineteenth century. In 1293 the patronage was appropriated to the Archdeaconry of York. A vicarage was ordained there in 1348. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries the patronage passed into secular hands.

St Wilfrid’s Church was extended in the fourteenth century. Between 1874 and 1883 the church was restored by architect John Loughborough Pearson, and in 1963-1964 repairs were carried out by architect Ronald Sims.

The parish included the townships of Brayton, Barlow, Burn, Gateforth, Hambleton, Lund and Thorpe Willoughby. Chapels of ease were created at Gatesforth in 1825 and at Hambleton in 1882. In 1914 both chapelries separated from Brayton to form the new parish of Hambleton with Gatesforth. A chapel of ease also existed at Barlow, sometimes known as ‘Barley’, from at least 1716, when it was recorded in a terrier for Brayton Church, but this closed in 2014.

Today Brayton parish still includes Brayton, Thorpe Willoughby, Barlow and Burn. A second church, dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, opened in the parish in the 1980s at Thorpe Willoughby. It is shared by the local Anglican and Methodist congregations.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1973 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1975, 1976, 1984 and 2006.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1614-1644, 1653-1977 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1653-1982; register of burials, 1614-1644, 1653-1952 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1785-1794, 1932-1990; register of marriage licenses, 1780-1844; register of marriage affidavits, 1822-1823; register of confirmations, 1940-1980; register of services, 1909-1990; register of Burn services, 1924; register of Barlow services, 1942-1968; records concerning benefice income, including salary receipts, 1748-1771, map of tithe free lands, 1817, mortgage of glebe, 1833, and correspondence and papers, 1783, 1911-1961; charity records, including accounts, 1828-1906, deeds, 1849, notices of wood sales, c.1828, and correspondence, 1956; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1753-1910, restoration papers, 1877, 1986-2002, fabric papers, 1850, 1939-1965, and churchyard papers, 1946, 1950-1953; constables’ records, including accounts, 1753-1804, nominations and appointment of constable, 1845, 1870; overseers’ records, including summons to show proof of settlement, 1762; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1901-1952, account, 1832, correspondence, 1947-1959, and deeds 1866, 1895; surveyors’ records, including accounts, 1759-1969; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1753-1775, 1814-1906, 1920-1974, accounts, 1948-1979, poll lists and notices, 1847, 1869, magazines, 1875-1980, 1882-1883, 1885-1888, 1890-1898, 1922-1923, 1926, 1939, 1947, photographs of parish events, 1950s-1960s, and correspondence, 1946-1953, 1959, 1964-1976.


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 2006.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1614-1884, 1895-1977, marriages, 1653-1982, and burials, 1614-1791, 1813-1907, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 650-653).

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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




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