fonds PR/Y/MG - Parish records of York, St Martin cum Gregory

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Parish records of York, St Martin cum Gregory


  • 1539-1966 (Creation)

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0.29 cubic metres

22 boxes

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Administrative history

The parish of St Martin cum Gregory was formed in 1586 when the parish of St Martin, Micklegate, was united with that of St Gregory. St Gregory’s Church was subsequently demolished and St Martin’s became the parish church under the name St Martin cum Gregory.

St Martin’s Church was first mentioned in a document dated between 1170 and 1180. By 1230 the advowson of the rectory was in private hands, and it remained so until 1924 when it passed to the Dean and Chapter of York. The united benefice was augmented in 1726 through Queen Anne’s Bounty and included 75 acres at Drax, as well as lands at Carthorpe and Wilberfoss by the late 19th century. The church was largely rebuilt in 1844-1845 by J. B. and W. Atkinson of York. Its stained glass includes work by celebrated glass-painter William Peckitt (who is buried in the chancel), as well as J. W. Knowles.

The parish was closed for banns and marriages on 22 December 1947 and on 1 August 1953 it was united with Holy Trinity Micklegate, which by then also included the parish of St John, Ousebridge. St Martin cum Gregory Church was subsequently made redundant and in 2008 it was developed as a stained glass centre.

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 2000 and at a later date.

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Scope and content

Includes register of christenings, 1540-1939 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of marriages, 1539-1939; register of burials, 1539-1854 (note this register uses the Dade registration scheme for the years 1777-1812); register of banns, 1754-1788, 1824-1953; records concerning benefice income, including glebe accounts, 1858-1869, 1881-1886, glebe rentals, 1877-1893, glebe papers, 1799, 1875-1961, tithe accounts, 1877, 1920-1921, tithe papers, 1892-1953, and sequestration accounts, 1920; charity records, including accounts, 1656-1863, 1872-1875, 1910-1947, correspondence and papers, 1746, 1765-1766, 1775, 1822-1966, and deeds for York, 1700-1948; churchwardens’ records, including accounts, 1560-1933, briefs, 1614-1615, 1653, 1658-1659, 1706-1739, rates, 1742, 1841-1867, rating dispute papers, 1716-1722, fabric papers, 1821, 1890-1936, visitors' book, 1908-1916, and restoration papers, 1874-1875; constables’ records, including account, 1796; records of incumbents, including petition to remove unsatisfactory curate, 1783, rector's leave of absence, 1814, papers relating to vacancies, 1938, 1947, parsonage house deed, 1935, parsonage house papers, 1937-1938, 1947, 1953, dilapidations papers, 1935, and statistical returns, 1937; overseers’ records, including accounts, 1834-1838, rates, 1812-1817, 1826-1833, 1837-1848, settlement papers, 1717-1836, bastardy bonds and maintenance orders, 1768-1832, apprenticeship indentures, 1749-1857, apprenticeship papers, 1770-1855, and workhouse papers, 1744-1833; records concerning parish rooms and societies, including papers relating to building of parish room, 1889; Vestry/Parochial Church Council records, including minutes of meetings, 1823-1954, accounts, 1923-1956, electoral roll applications, 1939, correspondence relating to union with St John, Ousebridge and Holy Trinity, Micklegate, 1953, and Orders in Council relating to cholera, 1832.


Further accruals are not 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
  • Latin

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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 2016.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Registers of christenings, 1539-1939, marriages, 1539-1939, burials, 1539-1854, and banns, 1824-1900, are also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 850, 1759, 1763).

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Publication note

Edward Bulmer, ed., 'Parish registers of St. Martin cum Gregory in the City of York', 2 volumes (York, 1893-5).

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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, 26.11.15




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