fonds SG - Smiths Gore - Church Estates

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Smiths Gore - Church Estates


  • 1725-1962 (Creation)

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0.16 cubic metres

8 boxes

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Administrative history

Smiths Gore originated in 1847 as a partnership between John Pickering and Edward James Smith in London. In 1874 Smith admitted his son Charles John Smith and his son in law Spencer William Gore to the partnership and in 1877 the firm formally changed its name to Smiths & Gore.

In 1851 Pickering & Smith were appointed Agents and Receivers to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for their Northern Receivership, a relationship that has continued to the present day. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners had been created by an 1836 Act of Parliament to determine the distribution of revenues of the Church of England. In 1948 they were replaced by the Church Commissioners.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by Smiths Gore in 1987.

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Scope and content

Material relating to the work of Smiths Gore as agents of the Ecclesiastical, later Church, Commissioners, including office files of correspondence, 1958-1961, agency accounts, 1950-1962, and reports on works done, c.1957-1959, all for Yorkshire properties; papers and maps relating to individual manors, including Ampleforth, 1938-1951; Cawood, 1906–1950; Dunnington, 1847-1938; Eastington, 1895-1951; Easingwold, 1935-1936; Helperby, 1909-1940; Otley, 1725-1948; Preston in Holderness rectory manor, 1854-1936; Ripon, 1903-1949; Thornton with Bishopside, 1903-1941; Wistow, 1911-1944; Askam, Notts, 1885-1921; Burgage, Notts, 1925-1943; Laneham, Notts, 1907-1930; Scrooby, Notts, 1883-1944; Southwell, Notts, 1882-1946; Sutton cum Lound, Notts, 1893-1927; Upton, Notts, 1899-1921; papers relating to Mount Pleasant Farm, Bossall, 1956-1962; papers relating to Hazel Bush House, Stockton on the Forest, 1951; papers relating to Thornton le Dale with Allerston, 1949-1955; office copies of maps and plans of land and property in Yorkshire, n.d.


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.

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.

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  • 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.

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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, 06.05.15.




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