fonds MR/AC - Society records of the Methodist Church, Acomb Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Trinity Chapel)

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Society records of the Methodist Church, Acomb Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Trinity Chapel)


  • 1785-1992 (Creation)

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0.1 cubic metres

6 boxes

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Administrative history

A Wesleyan Chapel was built on Front Street in Acomb in 1821, and was replaced by the new Trinity Chapel in 1879. In 1947 the congregation of Trinity Chapel amalgamated with that of the Primitive Methodist Sanctuary Chapel, which had opened in 1912.

Trinity Chapel was part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion until 1935 when the York, Wesley and Victoria Bar Circuits joined together and it became part of a new, enlarged Wesley Circuit of a single Methodist Connexion.

Trinity Chapel closed in October 1964 and the present Acomb Methodist Church opened a week later.

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Administrative history

Acomb Methodist Church was built in 1964, replacing the two earlier chapels of the Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, Sanctuary and Trinity. The building was paid for in part by the sale of Sanctuary Chapel.

Initially part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Methodist Connexion, in 1981 it joined York, South Circuit and in 2012 it became part of the new single York Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

As of 2016 it remains in use.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute prior to 2000. A further deposit was made in 2000 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Register of baptisms 1847-1930.

Records of Trustees, including minute books, 1875-1931, account book, 1953-1980, and papers concerning resignations and appointments, 1941; Church Council/Leaders’ papers, including minute books for Sanctuary Chapel, 1927-1947, minute books for Trinity Chapel, 1875-1931, 1938-1964, and a general minute book, 1974-1987; correspondence relating to the "League of Nations" and work with other churches, including a report on work at Askham Bryan, 1920-1926; correspondence and papers of Walter Edwards, including committee minutes and information concerning the united effort of Acomb churches, 1960-1966; and circuit plan for the York (Wesley) circuit, 1871.

Financial records, including correspondence and papers of the finance committee, 1975-1982, bills and receipts relating to building work, 1878-1880, papers and correspondence relating to investments, 1926-1945, account books, 1945-1992, and papers concerning the introduction of the envelope scheme, 1921-1928; and meeting minutes, correspondence, receipts and publicity relating to fundraising events, 1941-1951.

Property records, including papers relating to 15 The Green, Acomb, 1894-1929, and deeds and other papers relating to property owned by the chapel, 1785-1929; papers concerning the closure of Trinity and Sanctuary Chapels and the building of Acomb Methodist Church, including building plans and specifications, correspondence, accounts, maps, promotional material and press cuttings, 1944-1967.

Records of chapel groups and associations, comprising Womens' Work Meeting minute book, 1951-1981, with statement of income, 1984; and minutes, correspondence and papers relating to Acomb District Girl Guides Association, 1968-1978.

Historical material, including poster advertising the opening of the new Methodist chapel, 1821, and orders of service for jubilee services, 1898-1929.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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.

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  • English

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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 2000. Later material has not yet been listed, for further information please contact the Borthwick Institute.

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Existence and location of copies

A copy of the baptismal register, 1847-1900, is also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 1784).

Related units of description

Circuit records for York, Wesley Circuit of both the Wesleyan and single Methodist Connexion. These form a single archive: Circuit records of the Methodist Connexion, York, Wesley Circuit (MRC/2).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 09.01.17.




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