fonds PR/O/M - Parish records of Old Malton

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Parish records of Old Malton


  • 1606-2011 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.42 cubic metres

26 boxes and 5 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Old Malton was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. It was given by Eustace Fitzjohn, to the Gilbertine Priory he had founded at Old Malton and the gift was confirmed by the Pope in 1253.

It served as the priory church until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century, at which time it was granted to Robert Holgate, Bishop of Llandaff. Holgate subsequently became Archbishop of York and the church and advowson descended with the Archbishops until 1728 when the patronage was exchanged with Lord Malton and descended with the manor to the Earls Fitzwilliam, whilst the rectory remained with the Archbishop.

The present church, which is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, dates to the eleventh century. It originally had a central tower but this was demolished in 1636 after it became unsafe. Parts of the building had become ruinous by the eighteenth century but it was not until 1887 that a major restoration took place under the architect Temple Moore.

The parish historically included the settlement of ‘New’ Malton that had been built about a mile distant from the old village (which was damaged by fire in 1138). From at least c.1150 this included two chapels of ease, St Michael’s and St Leonard’s. Both separated from Old Malton to form new ecclesiastical parishes in 1855 although the benefices were reunited in 2013.

Today the parish of Old Malton is part of the benefice of Malton and New Malton, which also includes New Malton St Michael, New Malton St Leonard having closed in 1969.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was transferred to the Borthwick Institute in 1979. Further additions were made to the archive in 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1606-2003; register of marriages, 1606-2011; register of burials, 1606-1941, 1976-2007 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1806-1812, ages only); register of banns, 1865-2001; register of services, 1892-1893, 1910-1914, 1916-1917, 1935-1946, 1951-2006; charity records, including accounts, 1871-1960, deeds, 1627, 1647, Simpson's Trust papers, 1924-1979, and Old Malton Charities' papers, 1960-1982; churchwardens’ records, including rates, 1840-1872, restoration papers, 1947-1976, fabric papers, 1931-1999, visitors' books, 1925-1938, 1955-1968, fabric fund and chancel repair fund bank books, 1939-1971, and papers relating to restoration appeal, 1979; records of incumbents, including letter about riots in Malton, 1835, and correspondence regarding purchase of vicarage, 1970-1971; papers and photographs concerning The Priory Community Centre, 1995-2003; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including programme of activities for the Coronation, 1953, Young Wives' Group balance sheets, 1975-1976, minute book of the St Mary’s Women’s Fellowship and Mother’s Union, 1970s, and poster for garden fete, c.1979; school records, including correspondence, 1972-1975, extracts from schools inquiry return, 1865, and papers, 1903-1970; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1820-1921, 1928-1983, 1998-2006, accounts and financial papers, 1939-1988, 1993-1997, correspondence and papers, 1941-1954, 1977, 1981, 1985-1989, 1997-2003 deanery magazine, 1978, parish magazine, 1990-1996, and maps of the Fitzwilliam estate in Malton, mid-20th century; correspondence and papers concerning Old Malton Festival, 1994-2000; papers relating to the Millennium celebration, 1999-2001; drawings and plans by architect Temple Moore for restoration of St Mary's Church, 1887-1888.


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 2011.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, marriages and burials, 1606-1900, and banns, 1865-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 730-731, 1753, 1760).

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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, 26.02.16




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