Church Commission deposit of Durham Diocese Parsonage and Benefice records
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Reference code: GB-0033-CCP
Title: Church Commission deposit of Durham Diocese Parsonage and Benefice records
Dates of creation: 1809-1940
Extent: 1 metre
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Origination: Church Commissioners, London
Language: English

For administrative background to records of augmentations and benefice incomes, see the Administrative Histories guide for the Durham Diocesan Records and the Collection Level Description.


Material relating to parsonages and benefices within the Diocese of Durham

Accession details

Originally deposited in Durham County Record Office (DCRO) by the Church Commissioners, in 1970 and 1971. WIth their agreement, it was withdrawn from DCRO and deposited with the Durham University's Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic on 23 July 1981, so that it could be housed in the same repository as the Durham Diocesan Records. Further deposits (especially for sections B and C below) were anticipated by the Church Commissioners in March 1981, but have not been made. One bundle (DCRO ref EP/CC/1/8, Knarsdale, 1825-1829) had previously been transferred to Northumberland Record Office (accession reference NRO.1892, added to similar records as NRO.529/16).

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Open for consultation.

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Previously listed in three series as below by Durham County Record Office (DCRO), under reference EP/CC. Plans (CCP/A) were listed by DCRO in a single sequence, EP/CC/1/1-20, but were re-arranged on deposit with Durham University into two series, one for County Durham archdeaconries, and the other for Northumberland archdeaconries, each sorted alphabetically by name of parish or chapelry concerned. Returns (CCP/C) were also rearranged on deposit into their current order.
Ignore “EP/CC” numbers written on documents, which reflect their previous arrangement by DCRO.

Related material - here

Durham Diocesan Records The Episcopal Administration section of the Durham Diocesan Records includes material relating to augmentations and to benefice income under series DDR/EA/BEM/1 and DDR/EA/BEI respectively. A few parsonage house plans can be found within series DDR/EA/PHM.
Records of the Parsonages (formerly Dilapidations) Board, including parsonage house plans, can be found under DDR/DA/DIL within the Diocesan Administration section of the same collection.


Parsonage house plans
Reference: CCP/A
Dates of creation: 1832-1940
Extent: 2½ boxes
Plans and papers relating to parsonage houses disposed of by the Church Commissioners prior to 1971. Arranged with plans from Durham and Auckland archdeaconries first (CCP/A1), followed by plans from Lindisfarne and Northumberland archdeaconries (CCP/A2).
Some of the plans within this series are fragile and currently unfit for production.

CCP/A 1/1   1858-1861
Bishopwearmouth St Michael
CCP/A 1/2   1849
Byers Green
CCP/A 1/3   1898-1904
Byers Green
CCP/A 1/4   1878-1881
CCP/A 1/5   1855
Darlington St John
CCP/A 1/6   1910-1913
CCP/A 1/7   1854-1855
Hartlepool Holy Trinity
CCP/A 1/8   1828-1829
CCP/A 1/9   1854
Monkwearmouth St Peter
CCP/A 1/10   1832-1833
Seaton Carew
Includes plans by Anthony Salvin. Salvin's parsonage house was built 1837 but has since been demolished, according to Pevsner, County Durham (1983).
CCP/A 1/11   1911-1914
Bundle of papers, but no plans
CCP/A 1/12   1926-1933
South Shields St Mark
Conversion of 183 Laygate into a vicarage
CCP/A 1/13   1887-1888
South Shields St Thomas Westoe
Includes plans by Charles Hodgson Fowler
CCP/A 1/14   1890-1897
Addition of parish room to existing rectory
CCP/A 1/15   1920-1922
Stockton St Thomas
Converstion of Beverley House, Yarm Lane into a vicarage, and conversion of 2 Dinsdale Terrace, Newton into a curate's house. Includes plans of Beverley House but not of 2 Dinsdale Terrace.
CCP/A 1/16   1848-1851
CCP/A 1/17   1939-1940
Witton Park
Improvements to existing vicarage
CCP/A 2/1   1837-1838
Branxton (Northumberland)
CCP/A 2/2   1906-1923
Slaley (Northumberland)
Improvements to existing vicarage
Plan of augmentation estate
Reference: CCP/B
Dates of creation: 1810-1811
Extent: 1 plan (boxed)
Plan of estate at West Auckland between Humber Beck Lane and Town End Beck, purchased [by Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty] to augment curacies of Auckland St Andrew, Auckland St Anne and Escomb.
4 chains : 1 inch

Returns of benefice income
Reference: CCP/C
Dates of creation: 1809-1830
Extent: 1 bundle
Returns by bishops of Durham to Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty (QAB) under acts of 5 Anne, 1 George I and 45 George III. Returns detail clear improved yearly value of benefices under the value of £150 per year, noting sources of income, augmentations from QAB and discharges from payment of first fruits and tenths. Also a few returns for chapelries under the value of £120 per year.

CCP/C 1/1   30 January 1809
Return summarising supplemental returns listed as CCP/C 2/1-3/2 below
CCP/C 2/1   18 September 1826
Supplemental return for Gateshead Fell rectory
CCP/C 2/2   12 February 1825
Supplemental return for Heatherycleugh chapelry
CCP/C 2/3   30 March 1827
Supplemental return for Shincliffe perpetual curacy
CCP/C 2/4   3 December 1816
Supplemental return for Weardale St John chapelry
CCP/C 3/1   24 November 1810
Supplemental return for Byrness in Elsdon perpetual curacy and Kirkhaugh rectory (both Northumberland)
CCP/C 3/2   4 November 1830
Supplemental return for Greenhead chapelry in Haltwhistle parish (Northumberland)