fonds PR/THOR - Parish records of Thormanby

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Parish records of Thormanby


  • 1658-1993 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.08 cubic metres

5 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The present parish church of Thormanby dates to the twelfth century. It may have belonged to the Augustinian double monastery at Marton, and was certainly given to the nuns of Marton when they separated to form the Priory of Moxby before 1167. The advowson was shared by the Prioress and the successors of the founder of Marton, Bertram de Bulmer, and remained divided following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century. By the 1920s it was alternately in the gift of the Cayley and Dawney families.

The church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, although there appears to have been some confusion over this, with some early nineteenth century sources giving it as St Mary the Virgin and Thomas Bulmer recording a dedication to All Saints in 1890. The building dates to the twelfth century. A north aisle was added c.1200, but was later taken down. The south porch was added in the eighteenth century and the church tower was building in 1822. The north vestry was added c.1900. The church was repaired in 1955 by York architects Brierley, Syme and Leckenby. There was a Rectory House by 1859.

Today Thormanby is part of the benefice of Brafferton with Pilmoor and Myton on Swale.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1956 by the incumbent. Further additions were made to the archive in 1967, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1993, 1994, and 1999.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1658-1991; register of marriages, 1658-1812, 1814-1991; register of burials, 1658-1812, 1814-1993 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1784-1812); register of banns, 1823-1931, 1957; register of services, 1906-1954; records concerning benefice income, correspondence regarding glebe sale, 1905, glebe lands, 1936-1948, and sequestration accounts, 1968-1978; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1886-1898, 1921-1947, fabric papers, 1908-1953, and plans of church, 1898; records of incumbents, including notes of parish affairs, 1894-1938, and statistical returns, 1915-1933; overseers’ deeds for poor's lands, 1742; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including enclosure award, 1785, magazines, 1970-1975, and deed, 1632.


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 1999.

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Existence and location of copies

Selected records, including registers of christenings, 1658-1991, marriages, 1658-1900, burials, 1658-1993, and banns, 1823-1900, marriage licenses, 1812-1857, and terriers, 1743-1825, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 799, 1580, 1760, 1777).

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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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