fonds PR/RAS - Parish records of Raskelf

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Parish records of Raskelf


  • 1747-1991 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.16 cubic metres

13 boxes and 1 roll

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

Raskelf was originally a chapelry within the parish of Easingwold. It was granted, together with Easingwold, to the Archdeaconry of Richmond in the thirteenth century before passing to the Bishop of Chester in 1541. It was formerly a perpetual curacy but has been styled a vicarage since 1868. The living was augmented in 1744 and 1765.

The church is dedicated to St Mary and dates to the twelfth century, with further alterations in the fourteenth and fifteenth. Its foundation has been attributed to Bertram de Bulmer of Sheriff Hutton Castle, although by 1160 the manor was in the hands of the Neville family. The church was extensively restored, and the south aisle added, in 1879. It is notable for its fifteenth century wooden tower.

Today the church is part of the parish and benefice of Easingwold with Raskelf.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1978. Further additions were made to the archive in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2000 and 2014.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1747-1867 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1747-1981; register of burials, 1747-1909 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812, ages only 1780-1812); register of banns, 1824-1957; register of services, 1898-1966; diary of services, 1964-1966; records concerning benefice income, including tithe papers, 1877-1878, papers, 1951, and glebe papers, 1966-1967; charity records, including minutes of meetings, 1896-1948, and title deeds, 1738, 1765, 1767; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1829-1948, new church building papers, 1837-1838, fabric papers, 1839, 1958-1965, 1978-1990, insurance papers, 1958, churchwardens' papers, 1983, churchyard papers, 1952-1954, and visitors' book, 1925-1973; records of incumbents, including mortgages, 1837, 1871, benefice papers, 1968, parsonage house papers, 1989, incumbents' papers, 1951-1975, Robert Daniel's book of church music (ms) and associated papers, c.1890-1920, and service papers, 1907-1942; overseers’ records, including removal order, 1833; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including papers regarding flower arrangers and flower festival, 1986; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1903-1983, papers relating to teacher's retirement, 1959, correspondence and papers, 1967-1984, log books, 1863-1980, and admissions' register, 1829-1840, 1900-1983; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1920-1940, 1942-1966, parish boundary papers, 1978, correspondence and papers, 1955-1956, 1964-1965, 1967-1978, accounts and financial papers, 1958-1988, and electoral roll, 1920-1955; church magazines, 1978-1991.


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 2014.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1747-1867, marriages, 1747-1840, burials, 1747-1900, and banns, 1824-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 755, 1757, 1760).

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Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The parish registers of Raskelf, 1747-1812.' Transcribed and edited by Hilary Isaac Robinson (Leeds, 1953).

Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 'The parish registers of Easingwold, Raskelf and Myton upon Swale, 1813-1837, with parish register transcripts for Raskelf, 1600-1746/7, and Myton upon Swale, 1598-1639/40.' Transcribed and edited by Norah M. Gurney (Leeds, 1983).

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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, 02.03.16.




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