fonds PR/NUN - Parish records of Nunburnholme

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Parish records of Nunburnholme


  • 1586-2005 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The present church of Nunburnholme dates to the twelfth century. It belonged to the Priory of Warter, who in 1268 granted its advowson to Walter Grey, Archbishop of York. The church remained in the patronage of the Archbishops of York from that date. The village was also the site of a Benedictine priory of nuns, from whence it derives its name.

The parish church has been dedicated to St James since at least the eighteenth century, but may have been previously dedicated to All Saints. A Nunburnholme will of 1536 makes reference to the ‘churchyard of All Hallowes, Burnham.’ The church was extensively renovated in 1872-1873 by George Gilbert Scott, with the interior replaced entirely. It was restored again c.1902 by the architect Temple Moore, who rebuilt the west tower on the foundations of the original Norman structure.

Historically the parish included the chapelry of Thorpe-le-Street, but this separated from Nunburnholme in June 1876 to form the parish of Shiptonthorpe.

Today the parish of Nunburnholme and Warter is part of the benefice of Pocklington Wold, which also includes Great Givendale, Huggate, Millington and Pocklington.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1970 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1981, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 2011.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1586-1912; register of marriages, 1586-1800, 1814-1980; register of burials, 1586-1992; register of services, 1910-1938; records concerning benefice income, including benefice income papers, c.1858-1947, glebe papers, 1931-1947, and table of fees, 1946; churchwardens’ records, including fabric papers, c. 1902, 1990-2002; records of incumbents, including parsonage house and dilapidations papers, 1872-1951, incumbents' papers, 1954-1990, printed volume of 'Miscellaneous Poems and Translations' of H Travers, rector of Nunburnholme, [1740]; school papers, 1951-1961; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1936-1940, 1960-2001, and Nunburnholme and Warter PCC minutes and secretary’s papers, 1996, 1997-2005.


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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  • 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 2011.

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Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1586-1885, marriages, 1586-1885 (gap 1800-1814), burials, 1586-1812, and banns, 1813-1992, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 747, 883).

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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, 29.02.16.




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