fonds PR/SHER - Parish records of Sherburn in Harfordlythe

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Parish records of Sherburn in Harfordlythe


  • 1653-1991 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.1 cubic metres

5 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Sherburn in Harfordlythe was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. In 1166 it was given to the Priory of Guisborough by Peter de Cordanville and the gift was confirmed by Henry II c.1176-1186. A vicarage was subsequently ordained there, though the date is not known.

The Priory held the advowson until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century, at which time it passed to the Crown. In the early seventeenth century it passed to the Strickland family, who still held the patronage in 1892. The living was augmented in 1780, 1795 and 1824.

The present parish church, which is dedicated to St Hilda, dates to the twelfth century. It was extensively restored in 1909-1912 by Charles Hodgson Fowler and Walter Brierley, the latter continuing the project after Fowler’s death.

Today Sherburn is part of the benefice of Buckrose Carrs, which also includes Rillington, Scampston, Thorpe Bassett, West Heslerton and Yedingham.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1971 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1972, 1978, 1992, 1994 and 2018.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1653-1976; register of marriages, 1653-1991; register of burials, 1653-1948 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1793-1812); register of banns, 1823-1999; register of services, 1910-1977; records concerning benefice income, including tithe accounts, 1874, 1876-1906, tithe correspondence, 1933, glebe rentals, 1869-1909, glebe deeds, 1895, 1931, 1947, glebe correspondence and papers, 1929, 1937, 1944-1950, and papers, 1952; charity records, including correspondence and papers, 1944-1964, and accounts, 1929-1964; churchwardens’ records, including fabric papers, 1912, 1934-1935, 1947, 1950-1952, 1966, and visitors' books, 1912-1937 and 1968-1998; records of incumbents, including parsonage house papers, 1970; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including church hall correspondence and deed, 1942-1943; school papers, 1916, 1919; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including deed, 1927, minutes of meetings, 1920-1991, and historical memoranda, 1929.


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 2018.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, marriages and burials, 1653-1900, and banns, 1823-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 777, 1757, 1775).

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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, 03.03.16.




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