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Catalogue Finding NumberWDP20
Office record is held atWakefield, West Yorkshire Archive Service
DescriptionRecords include registers of baptisms 1651-2002, marriages 1651-2012, burials 1651-1983, banns 1823-1996,confirmation register 1961-1995, preachers books & registers of services 1876-1988, deeds and papers re Taylor's and Scholey's charities 1842-1957, Sandal Magna Handbell and Steeple Ringers music score books c1882, church committee minutes 1943-1948, service registers 1932-1960, accounts 1930-1969, correspondence 1943-1948, printed works 1669-1920s, papers re churchyard 1847-1970, terriers 1663-1905, papers re tithe and Easter dues 1683-1931, maps, plans and sketches 1721-20 century, parish books 1668-1868, vestry minutes 1842-1920, churchwardens' minutes 1893-1920 and accounts 1874-1910, church rate assessments 1756-1826 and books 1831-1868, Parochial Church Council minutes 1908-1996 and accounts 1925-1991, civil officers' accounts from c1670, censuses 1801-1831, charities' records 17th-20th century, school records 1829-1933, enclosure award and maps 1799, tithe awards and plans for Crigglestone, Walton and Great Sandal 1844, grave (manorial bailiffs) list 1709-1742, posters, petitions etc 19th century, services 1961-1983, parish magazines 1868-2007,parish accounts 1925-c1990, graveyard registers and plans 19th-20th century, Fabric and Staff sub-committee minutes 1966-1969, standing committee minutes 1979-1985, parish magazines c1997-1999, parish annual reports 1996-2006, bastardy orders 1783-1840, bastard children accounts 1793-1831, settlement certificates 1700-1820, removal orders 1780-1844, correspondence & accounts of Sandal Charities 1978-1999 including, plans and specifications of improvements/conversion of Harrison's Almshouses 1979-1981,treasurer's papers, video recording and booklet of Flower Festival and Historical Presentation,1990
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AdminHistorySt. Helen's Church, Sandal is believed to date from circa 1091 - 1097 and is dedicated to St. Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great. The first known patron of the church was King Edward the Confessor. Although not mentioned by name in the Domesday Book, there is a reference to "two churches" which may be assumed to be Wakefield Parish Church and St. Helen's Sandal. No trace now remains of the church mentioned in the Domesday Book, and little remains of the later church built c1150 (enlarged 1180) in the shape of a Latin cross by Earl Warenne of Sandal castle. There are however sections of the piers that supported the tower showing that it still occupies the same position as in the 12th century building, which took the shape of a Latin cross with a central tower. This building with additional aisle seemed to meet the needs of the people until the 14th century when it was decided to rebuild the church. The church was altered and extended after 1505 and the present church extensively restored and enlarged in 1872.
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