fonds PR/RIC - Parish records of Riccall

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Parish records of Riccall


  • 1669-2003 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.32 cubic metres

20 boxes and 1 roll

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The present parish church of Riccall dates to the twelfth century, although it has been suggested this replaced a pre-Conquest Saxon building. It was appropriated to the Prebendary of Riccall, and a vicarage ordained there, in 1316. It remained subject to the prebendary’s peculiar jurisdiction until the nineteenth century when the advowson passed to the Archbishop of York. The living was augmented in the seventeenth century and in 1816 by parliamentary grant.

The church, which is dedicated to St Mary, was extended in the thirteenth century and repaired in the fifteenth. It was extensively restored between 1863 and 1877 by architect John Loughborough Pearson, at the expense of Lord Wenlock. The church yard was also extended during this period. The stained glass of the east window and the window on the north side of the chancel were added in 1875 by the firm J. W. Knowles of York.

The parish had a vicarage house from at least 1535. This had been replaced by 1849 and then moved in 1868 to the old prebendal manor house. A new vicarage was built in 1967.

Today the parish is part of the benefice of Riccall, Barlby and Hemingbrough.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1965 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1969, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2009.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1669-1995 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1669-1989; register of burials, 1669-1992 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1823-1967; register of services, 1902-1915, 1924-2003; other registration material, 18th century-19th century; records concerning benefice income, including papers, 1863-1964, account book, 1722-1739, tithe papers, 1911-1963, tithe map, 1842, and property papers, 1911-1963; charity records, including papers of the Riccall Parochial Charities, 1940-1998, and other papers, 1882-1963; churchwardens’ records, including accounts 1914-1924, fabric papers, 1856-1895, 1965, restoration and extension funds, accounts and papers, 1864-1865, 1948-1950, 1968-1970, churchyard papers, c.1730-1972, historical papers relating to the church, 19th century-1985, material regarding the 800th anniversary of the church, 1950, and photographs of the church, 19th century-20th century; records of incumbents, including parsonage house papers, 1864-1969, incumbents' correspondence and papers, 1816-1963, offertory account book, 1874-1901, free-will offering ledger, 1939-1946, account book, 1722-1739, correspondence relating to expenses of parsonage house, 1965-1977, and photograph, 1907; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1857-1898, and papers, 1813-1836; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including church hall papers, 1940-1971, Working Party account book, 1940-1945, sales of work account book, 1945, church societies postage book, 1936-1945, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ladies' committee book, 1938, choir photograph, 1886, and photograph album of Jubilee Day gala, 1977; school records, including papers, 1863-1957, Sunday School papers, 1927-1972, and insurance papers, 1865-1964; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1921-1998, accounts and financial papers, 1865-1972, 1981-1993, insurance papers, 1865-1964, miscellaneous correspondence, property papers, drawing and photographs, 19th century-1964, land tax and window tax assessments, 1729-1739, manorial papers, 1718-1730s, and parish magazine correspondence, 1962-1965.


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 2009.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1669-1753, 1813-1964, marriages, 1669-1893, burials, 1669-1916, and banns, 1823-1900, overseers' accounts and removal certificates, 1813-1836, apprenticeship and dole accounts, 1857-1898, and lists of manorial freeholders covering period 1217-1786, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 756, 1760, 1767-1768).

Related units of description

The records of Reverend Peter P. Wood, vicar of Riccall, 1985-1994, are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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Publication note

Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 'The parish registers of Riccall, Yorks, 1669-1813.' Transcribed and edited by Robert Gordon Hamshaw (Wakefield, 1960).

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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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