fonds MR/POP - Society records of the Methodist Church, Upper Poppleton Methodist Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, Upper Poppleton Methodist Chapel


  • 1848-2005 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Administrative history

In 1757 John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached on the village green at Upper Poppleton. A Methodist Society was subsequently formed in the village, its members meeting for worship in a barn until 1817 when the first Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built.

A new chapel was opened on The Green in 1892 at a cost of £950, and the old chapel was demolished in the early twentieth century to may way for a new Sunday School. The chapel was extended in the 1970s and 1980s.

Originally part of the York Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, in 1867 Poppleton became part of the York, Wesley Circuit. Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in 1932, Wesley Circuit joined with York, Victoria Bar Circuit to form the new York, Wesley Circuit of what was now a single Methodist Connexion. In 1981 Poppleton joined York, South Circuit.

As of 2016 it is still in use. Since 2012 it has been part of the York Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1998. Further additions were made to the archive in 2013 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Trustees’ treasurer’s account book, 1848-1947, 1969-1977; minutes of Church Council, 1980-1982; financial records, comprising Finance Committee minutes, 1973-1980, chapel collection journal, 1905-1922, and various accounts, including accounts for New Chapel Subscription Fund, 1888-1890, Restoration and Alteration of Old Chapel Fund, 1891-1893, New Sunday School and Institute Building Fund, 1906-1910, and Sunday School Endowment Fund, 1910-1911; Band of Hope meeting minutes, 1901-1912; Sunday School teachers’ minute book, 1887-1920, treasurer’s accounts, 1873-1910, and teachers’ roll giving names, addresses, dates of appointment and leaving, reason for leaving and attendence, 1916-1926; Junior Guild scrapbook of correspondence, programmes and photographs, c.1950-1976; order of service for dedication of church extension, 1984; analysis of circuit church life questionnaire for Upper Poppleton chapel, 1983; contents of foundation stone bottle, c.1889; programmes, tickets and press cuttings for fund raising events, 1888-1911; photographs of chapel fete, 1911.

Unlisted material, 1948-2005.


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 1998. Later material has not yet been listed, please contact the Institute for more information.

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Related units of description

Circuit records for the York Circuit and York, Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, and the York, Wesley and York, South Circuit of the Methodist Connexion are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The York Circuit records are part of: Circuit records of the Methodist Connexion, York (New Street) Circuit (MRC/1). The records of both York, Wesley Circuits form a single archive (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, 28.11.16.




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