fonds PR/STN - Parish records of Stillington

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Parish records of Stillington


  • 1666-1991 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.12 cubic metres

6 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There has a been a church at Stillington since at least the twelfth century, although little, if anything, of the original structure survives. The church was appropriated to the Prebendary of Stillington in the Cathedral Church of York and a vicarage was ordained there in the 1520s. The parish remained subject to the prebend’s peculiar jurisdiction until the nineteenth century, when it passed to the Archbishop of York.

The present parish church, which is dedicated to St Nicholas, dates to the fifteenth century, although the nave and tower were largely rebuilt in 1840 by J. B. and W. Atkinson of York. It is notable for having had as its vicar Lawrence Sterne, the author of ‘Tristram Shandy,’ and for featuring work of woodcarver Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson.

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

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1973 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1978, 1982, 1984, 1998 and 2002.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1666-1923 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1782-1812); register of marriages, 1666-1985; register of burials, 1666-1954 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1778-1812); register of banns, 1824-1968; register of services, 1910-1944, 1960-1991; register of confirmations, 1928-1963; records concerning benefice income, including sequestration papers, 1963-1964; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1880-1905, and Restoration Committee minutes of meetings, 1907-1915; school records, including Shrewsbury School stationery accounts for day boys and boarders, 1865-1870, and correspondence concerning Stillington Church of England school, 1900-1902; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1860-1922, and magazines, 1935-1947.


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 2002.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1666-1956, marriages, 1666-1953, and burials, 1666-1954, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 788).

Related units of description

The parish records of Marton cum Moxby are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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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, 09.03.16.




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