fonds PR/H/SM - Parish records of Holme on Spalding Moor

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Parish records of Holme on Spalding Moor


  • 1559-2001 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.28 cubic metres

19 boxes and 1 roll

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Holme on Spalding Moor was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. The advowson was held by the Constable family from an early date until 1537 when it was forfeited to the Crown. It was later sold into private hands by James I and in 1629 the rectory and vicarage were given to St John’s College, Cambridge.

The present parish church of All Saints dates to the thirteenth century. It was extended in the fifteenth century and a gallery was added in 1767. The church was repaired and repewed in 1842 and restored by the architect Temple Moore between 1906 and 1911.

The parish historically included Arglam, Bursea, Hasholme, Skiff, Tollingham, Welham Bridge and Wholsea. A chapel of ease was built at Bursea between 1867 and 1872, designed by William Butterfield, and remains in use.

Today the parish, which includes Bursea Chapel, is part of the Holme and Seaton Ross Group united benefice.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1967 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1996 and 2001.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1559-1565, 1573-1593, 1598-1600, 1628-1980; register of marriages, 1559-1565, 1573-1593, 1598-1600, 1628-1749, 1754-2001; register of burials, 1559-1565, 1573-1593, 1598-1600, 1628-1971 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1786-1812, ages only); register of banns, 1823-2001; register of services, 1865-1898, 1902-1916, 1934-1967, 1972-1991; register of confirmations, 1943-1989; communicants' rolls, 1908-1912, 1917-1930; register of services at Bursea, 1903-1983; records concerning benefice income, including accounts of Easter dues, 1738-1754, 1762-1775, modus accounts, 1775-1830, 1840-1848, tithe accounts and correspondence, 1849-1856, 1871, 1874, 1891, 1895, 1899, 1917, 1949-1952 glebe correspondence and papers 1845-1850, 1872-1875, 1915-1977; charity schemes, 1889-1913; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1814-1917, restoration papers, 1877-1917, fabric papers, 1842, 1851-1853, 1903-1976, and churchyard papers, 1862-1869, 1926-1931, 1953, 1978-1979; records of incumbents, including personal and pastoral correspondence and papers, 1843-1946, parsonage house papers, 1963-1980, and statistical returns, 1902-1932; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Female Benevolent Society/Holme Women's Club minutes, accounts, subscriptions and rules, 1839-1985, Society for Propagation of Gospel, King's Messengers' correspondence, 1905-1929, and the Missionary Society minutes of meetings, 1914-1921; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1903-1942, general committee minutes of meetings, 1824-1848, accounts, 1825-1867, correspondence and papers, 1842, 1860-1881, 1902-1903, 1946-1951, 1966-1970, account of founding school, 1824, rules 1841, annual reports, 1848-1849, and agreement for schoolmaster at Almondbury School, 1850; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1869-1925, 1936-1967, 1976-1988, accounts, 1926-1947, 1955-1956, 1958-1961, electoral rolls, 1910-1920, 1932, correspondence and papers, 1842-1976, roll of honour, 1914-1919, Market Weighton drainage and navigation papers, 1873-1912, and rural deanery magazines, 1910-1912, 1914-1915, 1925-1931.


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.

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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 2001.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1559-1980, marriages, 1559-1973, and burials, 1559-1971, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 705-706). Copies of records of Holme upon Spalding Moor Roman Catholic Presbytery, including baptisms, marriages and burial registers, are available on microfilm (Reference: MFE 102).

Related units of description

The archive of the architectural firm Brierley Groom is also deposited at the Borthwick Institute as the Records of Atkinson Brierley.

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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, 19.02.16.




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