fonds MR/S/H - Society records of the Methodist Church, Sheriff Hutton Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, Sheriff Hutton Chapel


  • 1930-1973 (Creation)

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0.01 cubic metres

1 box

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Name of creator

(c 1784-)

Administrative history

The first Methodist Preaching House or chapel was built in Sheriff Hutton in the early 1780s and was certainly present by 1784 when the first Trust Deed was drawn up. The chapel was part of the single York Methodist Circuit until 1800, when it joined the newly created Easingwold Circuit. At that time the Methodist Society in Sheriff Hutton had 25 members, rising to 126 by 1826. In 1822 a separate chapel was built by the Primitive Methodists who had recently split from the main body of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

The Wesleyan chapel was enlarged in 1820 when Trustees added a vestry on the south side of the building, creating a new entrance on the west side. From 1871 a Circuit minister was resident in the village, based at The Manse, a house opposite the chapel that was leased by the Methodists.

In 1845 a Wesleyan Weekday School was opened by the Society on land to the south of the chapel. A second classroom was added in 1892 and a cottage was purchased for use of the teacher in 1921. It remained open until 1965 when the new primary school opened in the village.

By the early twentieth century, the chapel boasted a Methodist Guild, a choir, a Young People's Association and a Band of Hope which hosted an annual tea. The chapel was renovated over the course of the century, with the addition of electric lighting in 1933, a new vestry stove in 1950, and a new schoolroom kitchen in 1970.

The Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist Churches united in 1932 and Sheriff Hutton continued as part of the Easingwold Circuit of what was now the Methodist Church of Great Britain. The Primitive Methodist Chapel closed in the 1940s and was later demolished. In 1972 Sheriff Hutton became part of the new York, North Circuit, following the amalgamation of Easingwold and York, Clifton & Monkgate Circuits.

However by this time the chapel was falling into a state of disrepair and the decision was made to replace the building entirely. The old chapel was demolished in 1979 and the new and larger chapel opened in November 1980. The old school room was later renovated in 1985 and renamed The Wesley Rooms.

In 2012 York North and South Circuits combined and as of 2016 Sheriff Hutton remains in use and is part of the Easingwold section of the York Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute prior to 2014. A further addition was made to the archive in 2014.

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Scope and content

Society Steward's account book, 1930-1936; collections journals, 1935-1973.


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.

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Related units of description

Further records relating to Sheriff Hutton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, 1854-1876, are deposited at North Yorkshire County Record Office as part of their Easingwold Methodist Circuit Records (Reference: R/M/EAW).

A small number of circuit records for Easingwold Circuit and the full records of York, North Circuit, are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The latter are included the records of York (New Street) Circuit.

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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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