fonds PR/S/D - Parish records of Sutton upon Derwent

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Parish records of Sutton upon Derwent


  • 1593-2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.25 cubic metres

13 boxes and 4 rolls

Context area

Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Sutton on Derwent from at least the twelfth century. It was first mentioned between 1161 and c.1170 when it was given to Whitby Abbey by Robert de Percy, although no vicarage was ordained. The advowson was alienated by the Abbey to John Mowbray in 1367 and thereafter remained in lay hands, descending with the lordship of the manor from the late sixteenth century. It was held by Viscount St Vincent in the 1970s.

The parish church, which is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, dates to the twelfth century. The church tower was built in the fourteenth century and rebuilt in the fifteenth. The church was repaired in 1841 and 1846 before an extensive restoration was carried out in 1926-1928 by Penty and Thompson of York, at which time the vestry was added. The churchyard was enlarged in 1922.

There was a parsonage house by the fifteenth century. It was rebuilt in 1726 and then again in 1854-1855 by architects John Bownas Atkinson and William Atkinson of York.

Today the parish is known as Sutton on Derwent with East Cottingwith, the latter having been transferred to the parish from Aughton. It is part of the benefice of Derwent Ings, which also includes Elvington, Thorganby and Wheldrake.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1966 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1993 and 2010.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1593-1992 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1593-1982, 1985-2004; register of burials, 1593-1993 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-18120; register of banns, 1823-1993; register of services, 1902-1982; register of confirmations, 1903, 1915, 1921-1922; register of communicants, 1902-1905; communicant numbers, 1893-1933; records concerning benefice income, including accounts, 1921-1940, tithe accounts and correspondence, 1902, 1921, 1926-1938, glebe valuations, 1875, 1892, sequestration accounts and correspondence, 1901-1902, 1917-1918, 1921, map of Crown estate, c.1840, correspondence and papers, 1928-1940, tithe award, 1844, sequestration papers, 1963, and tables of fees, 1948-1959; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1842-1942, 1966, restoration papers, 1921-1932, 1960-1966, fabric papers, 1846, 1914, 1921-1922, 1928-1982, churchyard papers, 1890-1891, 1899, and visitors' book, 1929-1954; records of incumbents, including family reconstitutions, religious affiliations and poor rate assessments, 1870s-1940s, extracts from theological writings and translations of psalms, c.1815, dilapidations papers, 1875-1876, 1902, 1920-1923, 1930-1931, 1936-1937, 1940-1942, 1966-1967, 1971, parsonage house papers, 1854-1863, 1936-1939, 1958-1961 (including dilapidations papers), statistical returns, 1892, 1895-1896, 1907-1916, 1918-1940, benefice papers, 1972, incumbents' papers, 1959-1972, Church Membership return, 1978, historical memoranda, n.d, and service papers, 1927-1961; overseers’ rates, 1886-1888; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including accounts and correspondence for building church hall, 1928-1938, history of building of hall, c.1938, church hall committee minutes of meetings, accounts and correspondence, 1931-1955, Sports and Tea Ladies committee minutes of meetings and accounts, 1922, Garden Fete committee minutes of meetings and accounts, 1947-1971, Sutton Show accounts, 1906, 1910-1912, 1914, catalogues of entries, programmes and rules for parish fetes and agricultural shows, 1908-1909, 1911-1914, 1919, 1922-1923, 1938, 1941, 1949, Dramatic Society programme, 1936, list of sports and winners, 1941, photographs of parish events, c.1920-1940, church hall papers and plans, 1929-1963, papers relating to parish fetes and other events, 1947-1974; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1903-1950, accounts, 1867-1870, 1873-1927, correspondence and papers, 1891-1970, papers relating to the building of school, 1844, and Sunday School attendances, 1893-1933; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1920-1980, 1996-2005, accounts and papers, 1918-1934, 1938-1980, enclosure award, 1777, insurance papers, 1910-1963, and electoral rolls, c.1963; visitors’ book, 1956-2009.


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 1993. Later material has not yet been listed, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1593-1992, marriages, 1593-1900, burials, 1593-1993, banns, 1823-1900, and pedigree indexes, are available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 791, 1580, 1756, 1760, 1764).

Related units of description

The papers of Charles Forder, rector of Sutton upon Derwent, 1957-1963, are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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Description identifier

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, 03.03.16.




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