fonds PR/ST/F - Parish records of Stockton on the Forest

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Parish records of Stockton on the Forest


  • 1653-1978 (Creation)

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0.08 cubic metres

5 boxes

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Administrative history

Stockton on the Forest was a chapelry within the parish and Prebend of Bugthorpe until 1738 when it was augmented through Queen Anne’s Bounty and became a separate ecclesiastical parish. It remained subject to the peculiar jurisdiction of the Prebend of Bugthorpe however until the nineteenth century. In 1840 the advowson of the church was transferred from the Prebend to the Archbishop of York.

The earliest reference to a chapel at Stockton was in 1276. The medieval building was demolished in 1808 and replaced by a new church. This was partially rebuilt in 1843 and then more substantially rebuilt in 1895 by architects Naylor and Sale of Derby, retaining the earlier nave but adding a new chancel, tower, clergy and choir vestries and an organ chamber. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

In 1939 Stockton on the Forest became the mother church of Warthill and Holtby parishes following the union of the three benefices. An alteration to the boundaries with Huntington took place on the 23rd August 1967.

Since 2012 Stockton on the Forest has been part of the benefice of Rural East York, which also includes Dunnington, Holtby and Warthill.

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, 1987 and 2010.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1653-1877 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1785-1812); register of marriages, 1653-1811, 1813-1939; register of burials, 1661-1924 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1785-1812); register of banns, 1824-1913; register of services, 1896-1925; churchwardens’ records, including fabric papers, 1918-1919, 1923, and accounts, 1804-1972; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1808, 1842, 1875-1930, and church accounts, 1968-1978.


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.

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  • 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 2010.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1653-1877, marriages, 1653-1837, burials, 1653-1885, and banns, 1824-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 789, 1763).

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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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