fonds SUC - Selby United Charities Archive

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Selby United Charities Archive


  • 1917-2007 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.43 cubic metres

17 boxes and unpackaged material

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Name of creator

(fl 1871-)

Administrative history

Selby United Charities (SUC) manages a number of ancient charities within the town and parish of Selby.

In 1917 the Charity Commission listed these as the charities of James Audus; John Edmonds; Robert Hudson; Thomas Procter; and Charles Weddall; as well as the charity called the Feoffee Estate and the Feoffee Estate Church Charity. The charity of Joshua Rayner was also later merged with the SUC.

Today these have been amalgamated into the Selby Almshouses and Poor’s Charity; the Selby Feoffee and Welfare Charity; the Selby Sick Poor Fund; and the James and Mary Audus Charities.

The SUC’s holdings include the almshouses on Gowthorpe for ‘aged, infirm and poor persons’ presented to the Feoffees of Selby in 1833 by James Audus; property bequeathed by Joshua Rayner for education of boys at Selby Blue Coat School; and various other charitable funds and properties intended to supply medical and financial relief to the poor and infirm of Selby and support recreational and educational facilities.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2007. Further additions were made to the archive in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

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Scope and content

SUC committee papers, including reports and accounts, 1987-2004; agenda for meetings, 1988-2001; minutes, 1917-1980, 1987-2006; lists of trustees, 1987-2000; general correspondence, 1995-2004; correspondence from the Charity Commission, 1992-2005; and notes and press cuttings, 1991-2000.

Financial records, including accounts, 1929, 1968-1981, 1983-1989; report and accounts, 1990-2007.

Papers concerning applications for funding and related correspondence, 1996-2005; letters of thanks from funding recipients, 1996-2005.

Correspondence and papers concerning housing, including papers regarding alterations to property, 1998-2004, and papers relating to the Gowthorpe almshouses, 1995-2006.

Committee papers, financial records, correspondence and related papers concerning the Rayner Charity, 1925-2003; minute book of the charity of Joshua Rayner with James Audus’ augmentation, 1928-2003.

Records concerning the Selby Blue and Grey Coat Educational Foundation, including Board of Education schemes, 1931-1934; cash book, 1961-1999, financial statements, 2004-2006; and minutes, 2007.

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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.

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  • English

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Finding aids

The archive has not yet been catalogued. A partial box list, including material received up to and including 2009, is available, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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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, 19.10.16.




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