fonds PR/Y/W - Parish records of York, St Wilfrid

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Parish records of York, St Wilfrid


  • 1830-1872 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 12th century-)

Administrative history

The church of St Wilfrid, Blake Street, was first mentioned in a charter dated between 1145 and 1148. In a grant dated between 1155 and 1165 the patronage of the church was given to St Mary’s Abbey, York, who held it until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the sixteenth century.

In 1548 a proposal was made to unite the parish with that St Michael le Belfrey and the churchyard, possibly along with the church grounds, were granted to a York citizen the following year. The two parishes were united c.1586 and came under the pecular jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of York. The church itself was likely demolished in the 16th century but the parish survived for secular purposes until 1900.

Since 1864 a Catholic Church dedicated to St Wilfrid has occupied a nearby site in Little Blake Street.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute between 1973 and 1982 with the records of York, St Michael le Belfrey.

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Scope and content

Includes overseers’ records, including orders and circulars of the Poor Law Commissioners, 1834, 1850-1868, notices of meetings to elect overseers and appointments, 1852-1869, notices concerning poor rates, 1855-1870, rate books, 1863-1868, receipt and payment book, 1848-1867, receipts and vouchers, 1830-1869, removal orders and settlement certificates, 1847-1849, lists of paupers, 1833-1872, audit papers, 1848, 1854, 1859, 1868-1869; electoral lists and papers, 1840-1866; lists of citizens in the parish and lists of occupiers, 1865, 1866, n.d.; papers concerning the dispute between St Wilfrid and All Saints North Street over the rating of Lendal Bridge, 1864-1866


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

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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 1982.

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Related units of description

For related material held by the Borthwick Institute, see the parish records of York, St Michael le Belfrey which include St Wilfrid's Ecclesiastical Charity account books, 1907-1931, and related correspondence, 1926-1933. From 1586 the parish registers of St Michael le Belfrey also covered the parish of St Wilfrid.

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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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