fonds PR/T/A - Parish records of Thorp Arch

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Parish records of Thorp Arch


  • 1595-1983 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.13 cubic metres

7 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1086-)

Administrative history

The existence of a church at Thorp Arch was recorded in Domesday in the eleventh century. It was appropriated to the Chapel of St Mary and the Holy Angels at York by Adam de Brus and his wife Ivetta de Arches. A vicarage was ordained there in 1258. The advowson was purchased by Lady Elizabeth Hastings before her death in 1739 but had passed to the Wheeler family by the 1840s.

The present church, which is dedicated to All Saints, dates to the twelfth century. It was rebuilt in 1756 at the expense of William Gossip, owner of the Thorp Arch estate, and then restored in 1871-1872 by architect George Edmund Street. In 1944 a new choir screen and altar rails were added by Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn. A new vicarage house was built in 1729 and replaced in 1904.

Today Thorp Arch is part of the benefice of Bramham, which also includes Boston Spa, Bramham and Walton.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1963 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1977, 1978, 1990 and 1997.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1595-1899 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1796-1812); register of marriages, 1595-1970; register of burials, 1595-1924 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1796-1812); register of banns, 1824-1909; register of services, 1898-1907, 1924-1934, 1957, 1961-1974; rectorial tithe deeds, 1652-1731; charity records, including Lady Elizabeth Hastings' deed of settlement for charitable uses, 1739, and codicil of will, 1739;
churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1816-1862, and fabric papers, 1938-1961; records of incumbents, including parsonage house papers, 1976-1983; school records, including managers' minute book, 1904-1976, managers' and visitors' book, 1905-1947; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including enclosure award and map, 1829, minutes of meetings, 1818-1890, 1920-1950, accounts, 1928-1938, 1943-1973 and enclosure act, 1816.


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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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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 1997.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1595-1899, marriages, 1595-1970, and burials, 1595-1924, and register of banns, 1824-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (Reference: MF 801).

Related units of description

For other material relating to Lady Elizabeth Hastings and her charitable bequest held by the Borthwick Institute, see the records of Lady Elizabeth Hastings' charities.

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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, 15.03.16.




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