fonds PR/HOL - Parish records of Holtby

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Parish records of Holtby


  • 1679-2000 (Creation)

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0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The earliest reference to a church at Holtby was in a twelfth century charter of Henry II. At this time it belonged to Durham Priory and the advowson descended with the Priory manor until 1600 when it was granted to William Tancred of Great Langton and thereafter passed into private hands. In 1880 the then patron the Earl of Feversham transferred the patronage to the Crown in exchange for the advowson of Kirby Moorside.

The parish was subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Priory until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century, and was afterwards part of the Howdenshire peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Durham.

The present parish church of Holy Trinity dates to 1792, although it was restored in 1841 and then largely rebuilt in 1881. In 1939 the benefice of Holtby and Warthill was united with that of Stockton on the Forest.

Today the parish forms part of the united benefice of Rural East York, which also includes Warthill, Stockton on the Forest and Dunnington.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1977 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1983, 1984, 1993 and 2006.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1679-1992; register of marriages, 1679-1977; register of burials, 1679-1992; register of services, 1911-1970; records concerning benefice income, including tithe and modus papers, 1912-1913, glebe papers, 1847, 1881-1918, and fee table, 1911; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1843-1935, and fabric papers, 1915-1917, 1936; records of incumbents, including correspondence regarding exchange of patronage, 1880, and statistical returns, 1910-1911; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Church Missionary Society accounts, 1896-1918, and faculty, 1922; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1913-1958, sales catalogues for Holtby, Warthill and Strensall, 1868, 1887, 1899; book entitled ‘Holtby Church Millennium Window,’ 2000.


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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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 copies

Registers of christenings, 1679-1992, marriages, 1679-1836, and burials, 1679-1992, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 707, 882).

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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, 23.02.16.




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