fonds PR/S/H - Parish records of Sheriff Hutton

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Parish records of Sheriff Hutton


  • 1524-2011 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.8 cubic metres

40 boxes and 2 rolls

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Sheriff Hutton from at least the twelfth century. It was granted by Niel Fossard to St Mary’s Abbey, York, before his death in 1120 and the abbey retained it until the thirteenth century when the abbot quitclaimed it to Emma de Humez.

The advowson of the church subsequently descended with the manor of Sheriff Hutton until 1293 when it was granted to the Prior of Marton. It remained with the Priory until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century, at which time it passed to the Crown who gave it to the See of York as part of an exchange. From 1867 the patronage was shared between the Archbishop and the Lascelles family.

The parish church, which is dedicated to St Helen and the Holy Cross, dates to the twelfth century. It was expanded in the thirteenth and fourteenth century and then again in the fifteenth when the north chapel and chancel were rebuilt and the vestry was added. The porch was built in the eighteenth century and in 1949 parts of the church interior were repaired by architect George Pace.

The parish historically included Cornbrough, Stittenham, West Lilling and Farlington. There were chapels at Cornbrough, Stittenham and Farlington from at least 1273, although the Stittenham and Cornbrough chapels are not mentioned after the sixteenth century. Farlington however remained a chapelry of Sheriff Hutton until c.1871 when it separated to form an independent parish. Its twelfth century parish church was previously the chapel of St Leonard.

Today Sheriff Hutton is part of the benefice of the Forest of Galtres, which also includes Farlington, Marton in the Forest, Stillington and Sutton on the Forest.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1955 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1958, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1993, 2000, 2003, 2009 and 2018.

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Scope and content

Includes registers of baptisms, 1628-2000; registers of marriages, 1628-2011; registers of burials, 1628-1992; draft registers of Sheriff Hutton baptisms and burials [incumbent’s notebooks], 1807-1822; draft registers of Nunnington baptisms and burials [incumbent’s notebooks], 1842-1857; registers of banns, 1846-1973; registers of services, 1905-2001; other registration material, 1885; records concerning benefice income, including tithe mortgage, 1834, and papers, 1925-1926; charity records, including accounts and minutes, 1884-1968, deeds, 1689-1782, and papers relating to Winter's Charity, Rowlay's Charity, Flaxton Educational Foundation and John Hodgson's Bequest, 1711-1957; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1524-1568, 1707-1961, fabric papers, 1754, 1805, 1907-1974, 1997-2003, churchyard papers, 1955-1969, visitors' books, 1906-1937, 1963-1988, and papers, 1917; constables’ accounts, 1792-1832; records of incumbents, including diary of Richard Anderton, curate of Ashton under Lyme, Ecclestone and Penwortham and vicar of Whitwell, 1875-1909, diary of David Whittaker of Clitheroe, 1897, "Second Tome of Homilies", 1623, Nunnington religious census return, 1851, parsonage house and dilapidations papers, 1905-1962, 1975-1977, incumbents' papers, c.1880-1900, sermon notes of Reverend John Lascelles, 1878-1904, correspondence of Ursula M. Lascelles, 1940-1951, service papers, 1924-1925, 1969, and correspondence, 1705, late 19th century; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1775-1795, settlement papers, 1692-1795, bastardy bonds and maintenance orders, 1716-1800, apprenticeship indentures, 1779-1849, and memorandum of house purchase, 18th century; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including Mother's Union minutes of meetings and attendance register, 1906, 1914-1922, Ladies' Committee accounts, 1909-1914, rules of Memorial Institute, 1952, register of members, account, and rent books for unidentified organisation, 1920-1963, and papers regarding Coronation tea, 1902; school records, including managers' minutes of meetings, 1957-1959, log books, 1907-1965, registers, 1913-1964, correspondence and papers, 1865-1966, and photograph albums, 1952-1954; surveyors’ accounts, 1781-1803; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1906-1952, 1961-1999, correspondence and papers, 1874-1880, 1904-1987, 1989-1996, subscriptions to national memorial for Prince Albert, 1862, sale catalogue of Sheriff Hutton Park estate, 1880, accounts, bills and receipts, 1934-1982, wayleave agreements, 1932-1966, insurance papers, 1907-1958, 1974-1976, and electoral roll, 1920-1971.


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
  • Latin

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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 2018.

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Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1628-1934, marriages, 1675-1753, 1862-1885, and burials, 1628-1891, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (Reference: MF 778).

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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, 10.03.16. Revised 04.09.18




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