fonds MR/BIS - Society records of the Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Wesleyan Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Wesleyan Chapel


  • 1872-2009 (Creation)

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0.1 cubic metres

1 box

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Administrative history

A Methodist mission was set up for a short time in Bishopthorpe in 1793 but it was not until the 1820s that a more permanent Society was established and regular meetings held in the village.

At first the congregation met in private houses and then in a disused granary. In 1832 a wealthy local resident, Mr Labron, donated a plot of land to the Society for the building of a permanent chapel. The costs of building were raised by subscription, including a donation from the Archbishop of York, William Harcourt, and the new Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was completed in May 1833.

By the 1890s extensive repairs were needed and the decision was made to erect a new chapel instead. Land was donated by Miss Taylor of Holly Bank House, the daughter of John Francis Taylor, and the new Chapel was opened in 1899 at the junction of Main Street, Copmanthorpe Lane and Sim Balk Lane. A church hall was added in 1994.

Originally part of the single York Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, it became part of the new York, Wesley Circuit from 1867. Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in 1932, the Wesley Circuit merged with the York, Victoria Bar Circuit, but retained its original name. In 1981 Bishopthorpe Chapel became part of the new York, South Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

Today the church is known as Bishopthorpe Methodist Church and, since 2012, has been part of the single York Circuit of the Methodist Connexion. It holds a number of joint services with the Anglican parish church of St Andrew's, Bishopthorpe.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute prior to 2009. Further additions were made to the archive in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Trustees' meeting minute books, 1876-1967, with list of Trustees, 1872; annual Trust accounts, 1966, and financial statement, 1976-1977; collection journals, 1928-1974; church notices books, 1975-1983; book for congregational intercessionary prayers, 2005-2009; report on damp in the chapel, 1966; quotation for printing of exterior brickwork of chapel, 1968.

Unlisted material, 1890s-2007.


Further accruals are 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 2009. Later material has not yet been listed.

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Circuit records for the York Circuit and the York Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, and the York, Wesley and York, South Circuit of the Methodist Connexion are deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The first forms part of the Records of the Methodist Connexion, York (New Street) Circuit (MRC/1).

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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, 08.11.16.




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