About York Cause Papers

This site contains images of over 11,000 cause papers relating to cases heard between 1300 and 1858 in the Church Courts of the diocese of York. The original records are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, and are the most extensive records of their type in the United Kingdom.

The records should be searched using the Cause Papers Database, a searchable catalogue of more than 14,000 cause papers. The Cause Papers database links to the images for the Cause Papers held here. Further information can be found from the .

'Digitising the York Cause Papers' was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) under the eContent Programme 2011.