fonds PR/CRA - Parish records of Crayke

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Parish records of Crayke


  • 1558-1996 (Creation)

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0.12 cubic metres

9 boxes and 2 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Crayke was recorded in the Domesday in the eleventh century. The advowson was held by the Bishop of Durham from an early date, and the parish was subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Liberty of the Bishop of Durham until 1837 when the advowson was transferred to the Bishop of Ripon. At this date Crayke became part of the Diocese of York. In 1860 the advowson passed to the Crown.

The present parish church, dedicated to St Cuthbert, dates to the fifteenth century, although it is believed to occupy the site of a much earlier Anglo Saxon foundation. It was restored and extended in 1862-1863 by E. G. Paley of Lancaster.

Today Crayke is part of the benefice of Crayke with Brandsby and Yearsley.

Archival history

The Crayke Rectory Glebe and Tithe Rentals Book, 1863-1877, was transferred from York Reference Library to York City Archives in 1964. On 15 October 2015 it was transferred to the Borthwick Institute.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1971 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1976, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1997, 1999, 2013 and 2015.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1558-1856 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme intermittently for the years 1798-1812); register of marriages, 1558-1982; register of burials, 1558-1898 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1798-1812, ages only); register of banns, 1824-1949; register of services, 1901-1961; register of communicants, 1912, and members of Communicants' Guild, 1948; records concerning benefice income, including valuation of the rectory, 1836-1837, rectory glebe and tithe rentals book, 1863-1877, and correspondence and papers, 1839, 1939; charity records, including accounts, 1922-1956, deeds, 1679-1858, and bond, 1755; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1901-1958, fabric papers, 1756, 1846, 1919-1920, 1957, 1963, 1975, and visitors' book, 1964-1971; constables’ records, including accounts, 1854-1862; records of incumbents, including royal confirmation of rights of bishop of Durham in Crayke, 1606, dilapidations, 1919-1920, 1956, parsonage house papers, 1932, 1954, 1966, 1969, and statistical returns, 1893-1913, 1919; overseers’ records, including settlement certificates, 1753-1794, removals, 1793-1794, bastardy orders, 1743-1825, and apprenticeship indentures, 1765-1826; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including correspondence regarding use of school, 1937-1948, 1968-1974; school records, including accounts, 1894, 1928-1929, correspondence, 1937-1948, 1968-1974, memorandum of agreement for appointment of master and assistant, 1895, and report on school buildings, 1906; Surveyor of Highways accounts, 1851-1868; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1896-1960, and vestry book, 1866-1894; valuation of the township, 1794, and copy valuation, 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
  • 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 2015.

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Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1558-1856, marriages, 1558-1982, and burials, 1558-1898, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 672, 1756).

Related units of description

In 2014 16 items were transferred to North Yorkshire County Record Office, these comprised a plan of allotments, 1831; a valuation of rateable property, 1840; cash book and jury lists for Crayke Manor, 1876-1887; parish council minutes, 1894-1978 (2 vols); accounts receipts and payments, 1894-1986; parish councillors' declaration of acceptance of office, 1894-1910; treasurers' accounts, 1940-77; and lane letting account book, 1895-1925.

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Description identifier

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, 01.02.16.




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