fonds PR/RUF - Parish records of Rufforth

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Parish records of Rufforth


  • 1655-2007 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.18 cubic metres

10 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Rufforth from at least the twelfth century. It was appropriated to St Leonard’s Hospital, York, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century. The patronage subsequently passed into private hands and was held by the Thompson family in the 1830s.

The parish church, which is dedicated to All Saints, had fallen into disrepair by the nineteenth century and was entirely rebuilt in 1894-1895 by Demaine and Brierley of York, at the expense of the Middlewood family of Rufforth Hall. The new building incorporated two doorways from the original twelfth century church.

Today Rufforth is part of the parish of Marston Moor within the united benefice of North Ainsty.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1967 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1983, 1993, 2007 and 2008.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1655-1904 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1778-1812); register of marriages, 1655-1987; register of burials, 1655-1992 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1778-1812); register of banns, 1825-1934; register of services, 1953-1980; other registration material, 1974-1991; records concerning benefice income, including tithe deeds, 1702-1728, tithe correspondence, 1937-1950, and correspondence, 1896, 1935-1945, 1954; charity records, including deeds, 1656-1677, parish survey, 1795, list of endowed charities, 1895, and commissioners' report, 1894; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1785-1966, fabric papers, 1895, 1919-1959, 1980, 1985-1992 (organ and plate), 1997-2007; constables’ accounts, 1780-1884; records of incumbents, including benefice and incumbents' papers, 1977-1989, and suspensions of presentation, 1965, 1977; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Scripture Union register, 1953-1965; school records, including Sunday School accounts, 1950-1965, register, 1950-1954, and prizes, 1950-1959; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1920-1982, accounts, 1968-1978, enclosure act, 1794, and extract from award, 1806.


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

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1655-1900, marriages, 1655-1900, burials, 1655-1992, banns, 1825-1900, and churchwardens' accounts, 1785-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 758, 1757, 1579, 1755, 1767-1768).

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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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