Hayton, Lee &Braddock Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The contents of the collection divide into three sections, of which the first is the largest:

  • 1. Parsonage-house files, known as Dv files. These chiefly relate to the quinquennial inspections of parsonage houses carried out bymembers of the architectural practice of Hayton, Lee & Braddock in their role as Durham diocesan surveyors. There is also a little material relating to the involvement of the practice in the rebuilding of some old parsonage houses and thebuilding of some new ones. Many files relate to houses which no longer serve as parsonage houses, over half of the old parsonage houses in the diocese having now been sold. The practice appears to have produced at least one file for every parish inthe diocese of Durham. The contents of the files include correspondence, specifications, reports, accounts, plans and a few drawings and photographs. Most drawings have been retained by the practice. The date range covered is ca.1931-1989.
  • 2. Church files, known as Dch files. Members of the practice have also acted as Durham diocesan architects, carrying out quinquennial inspections of churches in the diocese of Durham. In 1991-1992, the practice was involved with over 100churches, although this number will gradually decline since it subsequently became diocesan policy to spread this work between various firms of architects. The practice has deposited the files relating to churches for which it is no longerresponsible. In addition to churches a few files deal with other ecclesiastical building works, relating for instance to chapels, church halls and churchyards and car parks. The contents of the files are similar to those of the parsonage-housefiles. Again drawings have generally been retained by the practice. The date range covered is ca.1934-1991.
  • 3. Three folders of architectural plans and drawings Two of these concern Auckland Castle, Co. Durham, now the official residence of the Bishop of Durham, and associated buildings, 1938-1956 and 1952-1968, and the third contains drawings oftwo monuments in the church of Durham, St. Mary the Less, 1949, (monument to William Gregg, died 1710) and 1953 (monument to William Granville Maddison, 1879-1953).

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Hayton, Lee & Braddock may have originated from the architectural practice run by Charles Hodgson Fowler (died December 1910) and his successor W.H. Wood from premises in The College, Durham City, in the precincts of DurhamCathedral. The same premises were later occupied by Cordingley & McIntyre, architects, a firm which was succeeded by Hayton & Lee (ca. 1971-1976) and then (from ca. 1977) the practice of Hayton, Lee & Braddock. The practice relocated toits Owengate premises in Durham City in ca.1955.

A number of partners in these practices served as architect to Durham Cathedral from the late 19th century onwards. Others did a good deal of work on ecclesiastical buildings in the diocese of Durham, and in ca.1945, or possibly from the 1930sonwards, Cordingley & McIntyre were also appointed surveyors to the diocese. The firm and its successors maintained this role until the retirement in ca.1989 of Alan Lee, who had latterly been the partner chiefly involved in the diocesan work.Thereafter the diocese decided that this survey work should be carried out in-house.


1. Files:

The practice kept the files in two sequences, one for parsonage houses and one for churches. Within each sequence the files were numbered and arranged numerically according to the system of parish reference numbers which has been in use in theDurham Diocesan Office and Durham Diocesan Registry for many years (for details see recent editions of The Durham Diocesan Directory ). The files were deposited with the University in several overlapping numerical blocks but have now been rearranged in their original sequences by parish number order and boxed.

2. Folders of architectural plans and drawings:

The plans and drawings have been arranged in chronological order, but have not yet been numbered.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the papers for purposes of private study and research is freely available to searchers, provided that they sign a declaration stating that they will abide by certain stipulated conditions relating to the use of the collection.

Acquisition Information

The series of parsonage-house files and church files were deposited on 4 December 1991, 18 February 1992 and 7 April 1992 by Hayton, Lee & Braddock, chartered architects and surveyors, of Owengate House, Durham City.

On 8 February 1995 three folders of architectural plans and drawings were transferred to this collection from the separate group of Hayton, Lee & Braddock Papers relating to Durham Cathedral and associated fabrics which had been depositedwith the Durham Dean and Chapter Muniments on 7 and 8 February 1995.

Separated Material

Durham Diocesan Office, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham: in 1991 some of the most recent parsonage-house files from the office of Hayton, Lee & Braddock were temporarily deposited in the Durham Diocesan Office, which deals withthe current administration and upkeep of parsonage houses in the diocese.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assistwhere possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material. In all cases, written permission must be obtained from Hayton, Lee & Braddock before any public use ismade of this material or copies of the material and credit must be given in a specified form for any such authorised use.


A large further deposit was received in November 2003 and other small groups of items have been sent since.

Related Material

Church Commission parsonage houses and benefice and chapelry income papers deposit.

Durham Diocesan Records: Durham Diocesan Board of Finance Records: parsonage house plans, 20th century [DDR/EA/PHM/1].

Wood Plans and Drawings (Durham diocesan architect).