fonds PR/LED - Parish records of Ledsham

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Parish records of Ledsham


  • 1539-2011 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.18 cubic metres

10 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 8th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Ledsham before the Norman Conquest. It was given by Robert de Lacy to the Prior and Convent of Pontefract before 1129. The rectory was appropriated to them, and a vicarage ordained there, by Archbishop Walter de Grey. The Priory held the advowson until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century, at which time it passed to the Crown and was then sold to Henry Witham, builder of Ledston Hall. The living was augmented in 1721.

The present parish church of All Saints is believed to date to the seventh or eighth century. It was partly rebuilt in the twelfth century and the chancel was replaced in the thirteenth. The north wall was rebuilt, and the north aisle created, in the fifteenth century. The whole building was extensively restored in 1871 by architect Henry Curzon. A vicarage was built by Lady Elizabeth Hastings, who inherited the Ledston estate in the eighteenth century.

The parish includes the chapelry of Fairburn. A chapel, dedicated to St James, was built there in 1846 and there is also a chapel dedicated to St Thomas a Becket at Ledston Hall. An alteration of the boundaries of Ledsham with Kippax and Allerton Bywater occurred in 1976.

Today the parish and benefice are known as Ledsham with Fairburn.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1975 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1984, 1995 and 2013.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1539-1921; register of baptisms (St James, Fairburn), 1945-1999; register of marriages, 1539-1967; register of burials, 1539-1935; register of burials (St James, Fairburn), 1944-1992; register of banns, 1754-1803, 1816-1940; register of confirmations, 1923-1950; register of services, 1906-1994; register of services (St James, Fairburn), 1922-1946, 1968-1999; register of services (Ledston Luck Mission Church), 1925-2011; records concerning benefice income, including tithe rental, 1720-1793, correspondence and papers, 1861, 1864, 1870, 1873, and benefice income and property papers, 1764-1939; charity records, including Lady Elizabeth Hastings' charity rental of estates, c.1740, deeds, 1738-1739, and other charity papers relating to Lady Elizabeth Hastings' Charity, Bolles Charity, Duffield Charity, Sellon Charity, Proctor Charity; and Sir John Lewis Hospital, 1864-1951; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1738-1911, briefs, 1653-1665, notes of assessment, 1652, list of pew owners, 1640, and fabric papers (clock), 1899-1901; constables’ accounts, 1739-1829; records of incumbents, including case papers of Reverend Benson contra Dean and Chapter of York, 1744-1747, and correspondence, 1930; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1739-1770, and Poor Law Union papers, 1890-1907; letter regarding Thorp Arch School, 1891; surveyors’ accounts, 1762-1765; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1911-1991, accounts, 1869-1890, correspondence, 1968-1988, Ledsham Church Management Committee minute books, 1957-1982, map of proposed Leeds and Collingham Turnpike Road, c.1824, and list of electors for Ledsham township, 1896.


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 1995.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1539-1921, marriages, 1539-1967, burials, 1539-1907, and banns, 1816-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 721-722, 1760).

Related units of description

For related material concerning the chapelry of St James, Fairburn, see the parish records of Fairburn. These include a register of services, 1948-1967, a register of marriages, 1946-1985, churchwardens' accounts, 1869-1961, and Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, 1937-1959.

Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The parish registers of Ledsham in the County of York. 1539-1812.' Transcribed and edited by John William Clay (Leeds, 1906).

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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, 24.02.16.




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