fonds PR/FLAX - Parish records of Flaxton

Identity area

Reference code



Parish records of Flaxton


  • 1713-1983 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.12 cubic metres

6 boxes

Context area

Name of creator


Administrative history

The parish of Flaxton, sometimes known as Flaxton-on-the-Moor, was created in 1861 from parts of the parishes of Bossall and Foston. The living was declared a rectory in 1867 and was in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Durham, who also held Bossall.

The parish church is dedicated to St Lawrence and was built on the site of a medieval chapel of ease to Bossall. The interior of the church was renovated by George Pace in the 1940s, with additional work by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn.

Today Flaxton is one of eight parishes within the united benefice of Harton.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1982 by the incumbent. A further addition was made to the archive in 1990.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Includes register of services, 1906-1969; records concerning benefice income, including accounts, 1835-1854, 1923, 1940-1942, 1956-1965, 1970, tithe rents, 1834, 1836-1841, 1853, 1893, and tithe papers, 1838-1841, 1861, 1941; charity records, including accounts, 1841-1856, 1916-1927, 1945-1964, copies of 17th century deeds, 1713, and correspondence, 1895, 1902, 1926; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1796-1959, assessments, 1698, 1836-1837, 1846-1856, 1861-1891, new church deed, 1853, restoration accounts, 1938, watercolour of old church, c.1850, and fabric papers, 1977-1983; records of incumbents, including parsonage house papers, 1956, 1961, 1966-1972, statistical returns, 1956-1964, benefice papers, 1976-1977, and rectory papers, 1977-1983; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1832-1854, rates, 1853, 1856-1859, 1865-1868. 1879-1881, 1907-1909, valuation, assessment and rental, 1837, 1845; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Missionary Guild minutes of meetings and accounts, 1944-1957, and details of garden fete, 1965; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1877-1903, accounts, 1877-1883, 1910-1938, correspondence and papers, 1897-1917, 1926-1941, 1956-1968, Sunday School book buyers, 1956-1957, and trustees' papers, 1896-1914; surveyors’ records, including accounts, 1814-1854, 1858-1863, rates, 1851-1856, 1862-1864, valuations, 1814-1845, survey for road from Strensall Common, 1843, and report on highways for Quarter Sessions, 1868; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1892-1954, accounts, 1891-1972, magazine, 1970, details of grocer's shop stocktaking, 1822, n.d, land tax assessments, c.1840, detailed house and other building accounts, 1844, and tax due on houses in Hull, 1844-1845.


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

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

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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 1990.

Uploaded finding aid

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

A register of baptisms, 1871-1900, is available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (Reference: MF 1784).

Related units of description

For baptisms, marriages, burials and other parish records for Flaxton prior to 1861, see the parish records of Bossall and Foston.

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

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).

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 10.02.16.




Accession area