fonds PR/T/B - Parish records of Thorpe Bassett

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Parish records of Thorpe Bassett


  • 1656-2008 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.07 cubic metres

4 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

There was a church at Thorpe Bassett from at least the twelfth century. It was given to the Abbot and Convent of St Alban’s by Berenger de Toeni and Aubreye his wife and confirmed to them by King John (1199-1216). In 1315 the Abbot and Convent granted the advowson to Ralph, heir to the estates of John de Greystoke, and the family retained it until the marriage of Elizabeth de Greystoke and Thomas, Lord Dacre c.1488, after which time it passed to the Dacres and then later to the Earls of Carlisle.

The parish church, which is dedicated to All Saints, dates to the twelfth century. It was restored by architects Paley and Austin of Lancaster in 1879-1880, at which time the north aisle and chancel were rebuilt, a vestry was added and the whole church was re-roofed. There was also a rectory house from at least the eighteenth century.

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

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1969 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1992, 1993 and 2008.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1656-1679, 1690-1979; register of marriages, 1656-1679, 1690-1812, 1815-2008; register of banns of marriage 1823-1996; register of burials, 1656-1679, 1690-1812, 1814-1979; register of confirmations 1963-2002; register of services, 1928-1969; records concerning benefice income, including papers, 1843, 1950-1964, tithe accounts, 1870-1897, and sequestration order, 1885; terrier and inventory 1932; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1836-1868, 1889-1908, restoration papers, 1878-1881, fabric papers, 1920-1971, correspondence regarding churchyard addition, 1926, and churchyard extension plan, c.1960; records of incumbents, including grant of advowson, 1875, 1924, dilapidations papers, 1961-1962, rectory plan, early 20th century, and papers, 1924-1970; notice of school closure, 1924; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minute books, 1920-1998, account book, 1925-1942, and wayleave agreements, 1962.


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 2008.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, marriages and burials, 1656-1885, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (Reference: MF 802).

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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, 15.03.16.




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