Parish records of Wass

Scope and Content

Includes register of services, 1941-1979; Church Committee minute books, 1948-1974; Church Council secretary's correspondence and papers, 1973-1986; churchwardens' records, including fabric papers, 1934, 1937, 1978-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wass was part of the parish of Coxwold until 1732 when it became part of the new parish of Kilburn. However a change in the parish boundaries resulted in Wass being transferred back to Coxwold parish in 1956.

Until the 1860s parishioners worshipped at St Michael’s Church in Coxwold (until 1732) and then at St Mary’s Church, Kilburn. In 1866 the village schoolroom was consecrated as a chapel of ease to Kilburn and was used as both church and school until 1933, when the school closed. From then on the building was used exclusively as a chapel.

The chapel, which is dedicated to St Thomas, has only one room and no central aisle, stained glass or church tower. It also has no churchyard, with villagers continuing to be buried at their parish church in Coxwold.

Today Wass is a chapelry in the parish of Coxwold and is part of the benefice of Coxwold and Husthwaite, which also includes Carlton Husthwaite.

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.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2002. A further deposit was made in 2003.

Note

Wass was part of the parish of Coxwold until 1732 when it became part of the new parish of Kilburn. However a change in the parish boundaries resulted in Wass being transferred back to Coxwold parish in 1956.

Until the 1860s parishioners worshipped at St Michael’s Church in Coxwold (until 1732) and then at St Mary’s Church, Kilburn. In 1866 the village schoolroom was consecrated as a chapel of ease to Kilburn and was used as both church and school until 1933, when the school closed. From then on the building was used exclusively as a chapel.

The chapel, which is dedicated to St Thomas, has only one room and no central aisle, stained glass or church tower. It also has no churchyard, with villagers continuing to be buried at their parish church in Coxwold.

Today Wass is a chapelry in the parish of Coxwold and is part of the benefice of Coxwold and Husthwaite, which also includes Carlton Husthwaite.

Other 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 2003.

Archivist's Note

Created by S. A. Shearn, 21.03.16.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

The parish records of Coxwold are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

Kilburn parish records are deposited at North Yorkshire County Record Office.

Additional Information

Published

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