BISHOPTHORPE COMMUNITY ARCHIVE
Since the founding of Bishopthorpe Local History Group in 1998, individuals and organisations have given or loaned the Group collections of documents and/or photographs. Following the refurbishment of the Village Hall in 2005, the Hall Committee generously gave a room in which to store the Archive. Since then, members of the Group have been cataloguing the collections. Loaned items are photocopied or digitised while original collections are stored in archive-quality boxes or sleeves. These are expensive so donations are always welcome and gratefully received.
As well as the archive collections, there are searchable listings and transcriptions of the Bishopthorpe entries in Trade Directories (1823 – 1900); 19th and 20th century newspapers; and digital copies of The Valuation Office Survey, 1910 – 1915, which provide descriptions of every building in the village at that time.
The Archive is open on Monday afternoons (Bank Holiday Mondays excepted) 2.30 pm – 5.00 pm. Otherwise, please make an appointment by contacting Linda Haywood on 01904 704584 or email this site at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There follows a brief alphabetical listing arranged by subject with coverage dates. This list is not comprehensive and will be added to as material is catalogued.
AINSTY DEANERY MAGAZINE
This has four pages of local church – related news from the Ainsty parishes including Bishopthorpe with Middlethorpe and Acaster Malbis written by the vicar. 1923 – 1951 (Incomplete. List available.)
Annual Show: Circulars, notices, social evenings etc. 1948 – 1949
Appleton Road: Correspondence & various notes on ownership, status, historical details & the sale of part of the allotments. Parish Council Financial Reports. 1968 – 1999
Bishopthorpe Gardening Association/Gardens Guild and Bishopthorpe Social Club Allotment and Gardens Section:
Various papers, e.g. seed price list, rules, programme of events etc. 1957 – 1972
The Bishopthorpe Play (later Pageant): Programmes and photographs, 1928, 1930, 1954, 1956, 1965, 1970, 2000.
Bishopthorpe Pageant on the steps of the Palace in July 1954. Courtesy Northern Echo.
Pageant souvenir mug. 1970
Photographs, publicity material, accounts, administration records, ephemera, video recording, tape of the song This is Our Bishopthorpe, souvenir mug. 2000
The Bishopthorpe Players: Programmes, tickets, etc. 1947 – 1949
Bishopthorpe Children’s Welfare Society: Script of Cinderella, news cuttings, photograph. 1950
The Ebor Players: Programmes. 2000, 2002 – 2007, 2009 – 2011
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK’S SCHOOL
News cuttings, centenary celebrations leaflet. Photographs. 1922 – 2004
Archbishop Hope’s visit to the school to watch the Nativity, 2004. Courtesy The Yorkshire Evening Press.
Bills and leaflets. 1923 – 1950
Butcher Robert Dixon’s weekly bill for Mrs. W. Paver in 1937.
BISHOPTHORPE OPEN ANNUAL SHOW
BISHOPTHORPE MEN’S ASSOCIATION
Printed notices, news cuttings, children’s Christmas party invitations. 1945 – 1950
Margaret Anfield’s 1949 Christmas party invitation.
BISHOPTHORPE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL
Booklet: Bye-laws with respect to New Streets and New Buildings in The Rural District of Bishopthorpe. 1909
CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS (Men, Women & Young / Junior)
Bishopthorpe and Acaster Malbis
Leaflets, news cuttings, notices, correspondence, programmes. 1947 – 1951
COUNCIL HOUSE TENANTS’ COMMITTEE
Bishopthorpe Council House Tenants’ Committee: various notes from meetings. 1956
Tenants’ Handbook published by Tadcaster Rural District Council. (No date.)
CYCLE PATH: SUSTRANS LTD.
The 15 mile York to Selby Railway Path and Cycle Route Project:
Leaflets, plans, newsletters, bulletins, news cuttings, correspondence, reports, Ranger Report Book and cards. 1985 – 1989
Lists of wildlife seen on the path. 1988 & 1989
Photographs: contact prints of the construction of the path.
Photocopies of a number of Bishopthorpe properties.
EVENTS IN BISHOPTHORPE
Leaflet describing the celebrations for George V and Queen Mary’s Silver Jubilee. 1935
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, programme of events, news cuttings, photographs. 1953
Millennium: Ephemera and photographs of various events. 2000
Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee, Ephemera and photographs of various events. 2002
Bishopthorpe Open Annual Show (Held on a field in Acaster Lane.)
Programmes & schedules, balance sheets, news cuttings, photographs. 1946 – 1953
Programme for the 1948 Bishopthorpe Open Annual Show. See also Saint Andrew’s Church.
LINK (The present-day Parish Magazine.)
1971 – present. (Incomplete. List available.)
See: Parish Council, Bishopthorpe Rural District Council, Tadcaster Rural District Council, West Riding County Council, Ward Newsletters.
MANOR OF BISHOPTHORPE
Admission out Court: George Spanton by will to Ann Spanton, 1845; Deed of Covenant: George Croft to James Croft (1872); lists of pains (1909); will of Thomas Stead (1852); bailiff’s authorisation (1909).
MAPS & PLANS (Photocopies except where stated.)
Thomas Jeffrey’s map of ‘The Environs of Abberford, Cawood, Selby, Wetherby, York’. 1772
Francis White’s ‘Plan of York and the Ainsty’. 1785
Robert Cooper’s map of the Ainsty. 1832 (Photograph)
Deposited Plan and Section of the Proposed Railway (Township of Bishopthorpe). 1846
Plan of Bishopthorpe. Hand drawn plan by unknown person showing names of inhabitants. 1863
Plan of Bishopthorpe re a planning application (West Riding County Council). c1956 (16/2/6)
Ordnance Survey maps for Bishopthorpe published 1851, 1893, 1910, 1938, 1967, 1971, 1985
York to Selby Railway Path & Cycle Route. 1985
Miles Alderson’s original will, dated 3 May 1721.
Family Bible: a large family bible containing information on the Osborn family.
Bishopthorpe: A Residents’ Guide. 1981
Recorded inscriptions from the headstones in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.
New churchyard: 1892 – 2001, old churchyard: 1779 – 2000
Alphabetical list of burials and cremated remains in the new churchyard. 1892 – 2009
Grave Location Plan.
Acaster Malbis: Recorded inscriptions from within the church and the churchyard:
1750 – 1975
Chronological listing of Bishopthorpe entries in 19th, 20th and 21st century newspapers. Corresponding print-outs or new cuttings. Ongoing.
An article in the York Herald, Tuesday, 21 October 1884, p7.
More than 60 interviews held with residents and former residents. Transcriptions available.
See Amateur Dramatics.
PARISH COUNCIL, Bishopthorpe
General Account Book, 1902 – 1906
Receipt & Payment Book, 1969 – 1976
Allotments Rent Book, 1977 – 1980
Minute Books: 1895 – 1955
Plans of Reading Room / Village Hall, c1949, c1950, c2009
1873 – 1918 (Incomplete. List available.)
Bishopthorpe Parish Magazine, 1885.
Constituency of Barkston Ash: Elections 1950, 1951, 1955
Election leaflets, poll cards, Labour & Conservative candidates’ election communications, correspondence, news cuttings, Register of Electors communicationS.
Numerous photographs of Bishopthorpe people, events, buildings and scenes.
The Palace from the river Ouse.
What the best-dressed lady tennis players were wearing c1912. This was taken in the grounds behind The Marcia.
A peaceful scene in Main Street as a horse-drawn wagon load of hay passes The Marcia Inn. c1925
See: Conservative Associations; Parliamentary Elections.
READING ROOM / ST. ANDREW’S HALL
Committee Minute Books: 1908 – 1972
The Reading Room minute book in 1910 which reveals that one of the leisure activities of the all-male membership was the use of a rifle.
Photographs, printed notices. 1949 – 1953
A flyer announcing the opening of St. Andrew’s Hall (Village Hall) following refurbishment in 1950.
See also Parish Council.
SAINT ANDREW’S CHURCH
Notices, news cuttings, orders of service and leaflets for various functions including raising funds for electric lighting in church. 1917 – present.
Leaflets appealing for funds for the proposed new church at Bishopthorpe. 1897 – 1898 (50/2/3-4)
Order of Service: Burial of Zoe Thomson, wife of Archbishop Thomson in old churchyard. 1913 (50/2/7)
Christmas card from Archbishop Temple and his wife. 1936 (15/2/1)
St Andrew’s Church Calendar signed by Rev. H. C. Warner, vicar of Bishopthorpe. 1937 (15/2/1)
“Thanksgiving for Victory”, a Form of Service for use in churches, factories and the home to mark the end of hostilities in Europe. 1945 (15/2/3)
Order of Divine Service held for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 1953 (50/2/13)
Bishopthorpe Churches Centenary Community Survey. 1999 (13/2/3)
Order of Service: Dedication of the Fifth Bell. 1988 (15/2/4)
See also Ainsty Deanery Magazine; Parish Magazines; Link; Monumental Inscriptions.
Bishopthorpe Group Committee Financial Statements, pamphlets, etc. Photographs.
1951 – 1996
Wednesday Club: Diary, photographs, etc. of a social group that met at Vernon House. 2004 – 2007
Not-So-Young Club: photographs and news cuttings. 1960s
See also: Tennis Club, Women’s Institute, Youth Club.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Bishopthorpe Sports & Leisure Management Committee: Minutes and Accounts.
1988 – 2001
Proposed Sports / Community project (aborted). 1993 – 1994
See also: Tennis Club
TADCASTER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL
Local candidates’ election communication. 1949
Correspondence concerning renumbering of houses in Bishopthorpe
Estate agent’s information sheet for the Keble Park Estate. 1972 See also Council House Tenants’ Committee
Photocopies of Bishopthorpe entries in Trade Directories and York City Year Books.
1823 – 1953
A searchable transcription is available. 1823 – 1898
Accounts: 1937 – 1962
Draft lease, Acaster Lane: 1980
Insurance policies: 1932 – 1955
VALUATION OFFICE SURVEY, 1910 – 1915
Digitised pages from the field books for Bishopthorpe, (and corresponding plan), giving detailed descriptions of every building in the village within the above period.
(The National Archives: IR58/94763/4/5)
VILLAGE HALL: See Reading Room / St. Andrew’s Hall
2002 – 2011 (gaps)
WEST RIDING COUNTY COUNCIL
Elections: Conservative candidates’ election communications; news cuttings giving election results; various leaflets. 1946 – 1955
WOMEN’S INSTITUTE (Bishopthorpe branch)
Programmes, printed notices, membership cards, correspondence. Photographs.
1948 – 1969
WORLD WAR II
‘Welcome Home for the Forces Fund’: Notices, rules. 1945 – 1946
Home Guard: Photographs, printed notices, correspondence, and notices for the Home Guard & Rifle Club Annual Reunions. 1944 – 1949 (3/2/5)
Reg Foggin’s Home Guard Record of Service, 1940 – 1944.
Reg Foggin on a training exercise in the grounds of Bishopthorpe Palace. 1942
War Office Casualty Cards (Photocopies). 1940 – 1943
See also Saint Andrew’s Church.
YORK CITY& DISTRICT SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS
This Society rented the garden at the rear of The Poplars, Main Street, Bishopthorpe, (now Bishopthorpe Social Club) in order to run a miniature railway. The Society operated the railway there between 1949 and 1966. Members filmed the railway and have since digitised the cine footage taken during that period. Three DVDs have been donated to the Archive.
YOUTH CLUB, Bishopthorpe
Committee Minutes, reports, financial statements, balance sheets, constitution, rules and miscellanea. 1953 – 1996
Youth Organisations / Services:
Tadcaster Youth Council Minutes. 1957 – 1962
Claro Area Youth Committee Annual Reports. 1958 – 1962
Various general Youth Service pamphlets, booklets, bulletins. 1948 – 1996