fonds PR/M/W - Parish records of Market Weighton

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Parish records of Market Weighton


  • 1553-1981 (Creation)

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0.31 cubic metres

21 boxes and 4 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Market Weighton from at least the twelfth century, although a church is said to have existed there since Saxon times. It was granted to the Cathedral Church of York during the reign of King Henry I, but was for a short time appropriated by the Prior and Convent of Durham before being restored to York by Archbishop Walter de Grey and made once again subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Prebend of Weighton. A vicarage was ordained there in 1255.

The parish church of All Saints has undergone significant alterations over the centuries. The chancel was extended and the tower largely rebuilt in the thirteenth century. At some point a wooden spire was built but this was removed in 1785. The church was restored in 1871, with a new organ by Jones & Sons of South Kensington added in 1883 and the chancel refloored in marble in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The choir and clergy stalls were created in the 1940s by Robert Thompson of Kilburn and include his trademark mouse carvings. More recently a modern kitchen and toilet were added.

The parish historically included the hamlets of Arras and Shipton, the latter of which had its own chapel of ease. Shipton separated from Market Weighton in 1876 to form the new parish of Shiptonthorpe.

As of 2017 the church remains in use.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1969 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1979, 1983 and 1988.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1653-1889 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1778-1784, infrequently); register of marriages, 1653-1954; register of burials, 1653-1960; register of banns, 1897-1976; register of services, 1886-1972; register of confirmations, 1858-1863, 1899-1908, 1932-1941; communicant numbers, 1858-1884; records concerning benefice income, including accounts, 1858, 1863, tithe papers, 1840-1842, glebe farm plans and correspondence, 1897-1957, glebe papers, 1868, 1880, 1941-1957, and papers for sale of prebendal estate, 1846-1853; charity records, including correspondence and papers, 1824-1957, and accounts, 1865-1902, 1952-1958; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1681-1949, fabric papers, 1835, 1858-1884, 1891, 1897, 1902-1903, 1950-1955, and visitors' book, 1938-1971; records of incumbents, including parish visiting papers, 1943, notes for archdeacon's visitation, 1951, dilapidations papers, 1942-1961, and parsonage house mortgage, 1944; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1806-1822, 1845-1848, rates, 1783-1821, and town map with drawings of buildings and names of owners and occupiers, 1848; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Girls' Friendly Society register, 1897-1917, minutes of meetings of Market Weighton branch of British and Foreign Bible Society, 1927-1961, Church hall papers, 1938, 1951, and Church of England Girls' Club minutes of meetings and reports, 1922-1939; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1841-1883, 1886-1923, accounts, 1867-1903, 1940-1952, letter book and correspondence, 1841-1842, 1888-1889, 1891, 1902-1910, 1915, 1923, 1928-1929, inspectors' reports, 1873-1904, 1907, education authority returns, 1897, 1899-1902, 1904, 1906-1907, 1916, 1918, 1923, exam schedules, 1875-1901, and building papers, 1842, 1856-1858, 1862-1863, 1867, 1887-1888, 1892-1912; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1920-1981, accounts, 1943-1952, 1955-1957, electoral roll, 1920-1935, enclosure award, 1807, magazines, 1861, 1900-1908, 1920-1925, 1942-1958, 1962-1966, roll of honour, 1914-1918, deposited map of Market Weighton to Beverley railway, 1861, Market Weighton drainage and navigation papers, 1873-1912, and correspondence, 1956-1957.


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 1988.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1653-1885, marriages, 1653-1885, burials, 1653-1858, and banns, 1897-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 732-733, 1762).

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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, 25.02.16.




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