fonds PR/EAS - Parish records of Easingwold

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Parish records of Easingwold


  • 1599-1998 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.6 cubic metres

47 boxes and 8 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Easingwold was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century, although the present parish church dates to the fourteenth and fifteenth. The advowson was held by the Crown, but had been given to the Archdeaconry of Richmond by the 1260s and a vicarage was ordained there c.1293. The Archdeaconry was annexed to the see of Chester following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, from which time the patronage of Easingwold passed to the Bishop of Chester, who held it until 1974 when it was transferred to the Archbishop of York.

The dedication of the parish church has been recorded at various times as either St John the Baptist or All Saints, until in 1988 the dedication was formally designated as St John the Baptist and All Saints. The church was extensively restored in 1858 and again between 1979 and 1991.

The parish includes the village of Raskelf, which contained a chapel of ease from at least the twelfth century, served by a curate provided by the vicar of Easingwold. The curacy became a vicarage in 1868 and the chapel is now the church of St Mary. It is notable for its wooden church tower, a rare survival which is thought to date to the fifteenth or sixteenth century.

Today the parish and benefice is known as Easingwold with Raskelf.

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 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2014.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1599-1967 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1599-1991; register of Burials 1599-1951 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1823-1991; register of services, 1913-1991; diary of services at Easingwold and Raskelf, 1964-1966; register of confirmations, 1896-1998; communicants' roll, 1912; key to graves, c.1880-c.1975; records concerning benefice income, including account, 1950, tithe correspondence, 1877, glebe allotments under Raskelf enclosure, 1835, glebe papers, 1806, 1878, 1883, pauper burial fees, 1857, and table of fees, 1858; charity records, including accounts, 1628-1671, 1724-1871, 1896-1951, deeds, 1712, 1823-1838, 1898, correspondence and papers, 1676-1682, 1813, 1840-1942, 1965, 1985, and charity recipients, 1837-1858, 1941; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1804-1812, 1825-1828, 1867-1979, restoration papers, 1858, 1901-1909, fabric papers, 1636-1639, 1808, 1826, 1887-1991, churchyard papers, 1857, 1928, 1966-1967, 1980-1981, photographs of church, c.1903, and print of church, 20th century; records of incumbents, including parish mission papers, 1967, hospital chaplaincy papers, 1967-1978, religious census return, 1851, dilapidations, 1950-1962, 1966-1968, parsonage house papers, 1813, 1883-1887, 1898-1903, 1929, 1967-1980, statistical returns, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1973, photographs of vicarage, c.1903, photograph of vicar, n.d, and service papers, 1983-1984; overseers’ records, including apprenticeship lists, 1676-1682, 1715-1740; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including parish room accounts, 1912-1951, Church Benevolent Society accounts, 1891-1925, Girls' Friendly Society scrapbook of New South Wales, c.1937, peace celebrations programme, 1946, papers concerning new parish room, 1985-1987, Mothers' Union minute books, 1967-1980, Tree Preservation Society accounts, 1975-1976; school records, including minutes of meetings, 1903-1954, 1976-1977, accounts, 1867-1903, 1928-1954, 1977, log books, 1863-1899, 1931-1954, admissions register, 1899-1954, attendance registers, 1869-1878, 1885-1888, 1890-1892, 1945-1949, class registers, 1880-1882, 1946-1954, correspondence and papers, 1900-1977, punishment book, 1900-1940, inspectors' reports, 1879-1921, religious instruction reports, 1939-1949, magazine, 1954, deeds, 1797-1892, Sunday School scrapbook, 1948, service sheet for York Minster celebration of school bicentenary, 1984, and photograph of cottage once used as school, n.d; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1879-1928, 1931-1982, 1990-1991, accounts, 1951-1990 electoral rolls, 1933-1947, 1951, 1956, secretary's papers, c.1946-1952, property papers, 1986-1987, photograph of unidentified chairman of Parochial Church Council, n.d, diary of William Lockwood of Easingwold, 1796-1798, and parish magazines, 1965-1971 (with some gaps).


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, marriages, and burials, 1599-1900, and banns, 1823-1856, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 677-678, 1753, 1760).

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Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The register of the parish church of All Saints, Easingwold, Co. York. 1599-1812.' Transcribed and edited by George Denison Lumb (Leeds, 1916).

Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 'The parish registers of Easingwold, Raskelf and Myton upon Swale, 1813-1837, with parish register transcripts for Raskelf, 1600-1746/7, and Myton upon Swale, 1598-1639/40.' Transcribed and edited by Norah K. M. Gurney (Leeds, 1983).

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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, 04.02.16.




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