fonds PR/NORT - Parish records of Norton

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Parish records of Norton


  • 1558-2001 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.4 cubic metres

25 boxes and 1 roll

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Norton on Derwent was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. At this time the church was situated close to the river and was dedicated to St Nicholas, a patron saint of fords and bridges.

It was given to Malton Priory by Roger de Flamville c.1150-1169, and subsequently appropriated to them, although no vicarage was ordained there. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century it passed into lay hands until 1879 when the advowson was purchased by the parishioners and presented to the Archbishop of York. The living was augmented in 1743 and 1767, and then in 1811, 1816 and 1826 by parliamentary grant.

The medieval church was replaced in 1816, although its twelfth century font was retained. The present parish church was built in 1889-1891 to a design by architect Charles Hodgson Fowler and on a site given by Mr Wyse of Auburn Hill. It was dedicated to St Peter the Apostle. The 1816 church was demolished in 1900. There is a church house, built in 1937 and temporarily requisitioned by the army the following year.

Historically the parish included Sutton, Welham and Whitewall Corner. Today the parish, which still includes the hamlet of Welham, is known as Norton-juxta-Malton.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1965. Further additions were made to the archive in 1972, 1984, 1994, 1997 and 2008.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1558-1975; register of marriages, 1558-1989; register of burials, 1558-1929; register of banns, 1892-1929, 1938-1982, 1984-1992; register of services, 1872-2001; register of confirmations, 1932-1934; communicants roll, 1939; records concerning benefice income, including correspondence and papers, 1901-1935, tithe award, 1846, tithe map, 1848, and glebe accounts, 1917-1920; charity records, including correspondence and papers, 1932-1940, accounts, 1932-1940; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1790-1825, new church building committee minutes of meetings, accounts and papers, 1882-1918, fabric papers, 1900-1937, visitors' books, 1912-1943, and churchyard papers, 1851; records of incumbents, including index of parishioners with notes on their circumstances, c.1918, visiting book, 1924-1928, notes on church workers, 1916, 1932, notes on parish history, c.1912, dilapidations papers, 1916-1939, parsonage house papers, 1901-1926, statistical returns, 1915-1918, 1931, and 'Breeches Bible' and Psalms (1607); records concerning parish rooms and societies, including church house accounts, correspondence and papers, 1926-1950, Boy Scouts’ accounts, correspondence and memoranda, 1914-1915, 1959-1966, minutes of meetings of Buckrose rural deanery missionary festival, 1939, 1947, accounts and papers relating to parish missionary societies, 1880-1897, St Peter's Senior Club minutes of meetings, accounts and papers, 1946-1968, and League of Youth bank book, 1965; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1901-1952, accounts, 1857-1873, 1901-1935, correspondence and papers, 1874-1888, 1900, 1909-1942, Sunday School accounts, 1932-1940, Sunday school registers, 1932-1933, Sunday school deed, 1875, and Sunday school exercise book, c.1960; surveyors’ accounts and rates, 1845-1856; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1825-1837, 1867-1957, bank account, 1935-1945, electoral roll, 1913, n.d, magazines, 1921, 1933, and bazaar programmes for York, Hull and District, 1928-1935.


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 2008.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, marriages and burials, 1558-1885, and banns, 1892-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 745-746, 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, 29.02.16.




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