fonds MR/Y/DRING - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Dringhouses Methodist Church

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Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Dringhouses Methodist Church


  • 1895-2004 (Creation)

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0.12 cubic metres

8 boxes

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Administrative history

A Methodist chapel was built at Dringhouses in 1834 on the corner of Slingsby Road and Tadcaster Road. It remained in use until 1890 when the larger Dringhouses Chapel was built on the same site.

The chapel was part of single York Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion until 1867 when it was transferred to the new York, Wesley Circuit. The Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist Churches reunited in 1932 and in 1935 Dringhouses Chapel became part of the new enlarged York, Wesley Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

The chapel was closed in 1954 and the congregation transferred to the new West Thorpe Chapel on West Thorpe Road.

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Administrative history

West Thorpe Chapel opened on 17 July 1954, replacing Dringhouses Chapel which closed the same year and was subsequently sold. A new room was added in 1985 to accommodate the chapel Sunday School.

West Thorpe Chapel was part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Methodist Connexion until 1981 when the Circuit joined with York, Centenary to form York, South Circuit. Since 2012 it has been part of the single York Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute at an unknown date. Further additions were made to the archive in 1992 and 2009.

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Scope and content

Baptism books, 1954-1968; records of Trustees, including meeting minute books, 1928-1976, Property Committee minutes, 1975-1988, and Trust financial records, 1954-1994; Leaders Meeting and Church Society meeting minute books, 1953-1979; financial records, including West Thorpe Methodist Church Society account books, 1959-1982, book listing amounts given in envelopes, 1955-1970, and collections journals, 1963-1995, general and property accounts, 1981-1994, accounts for organ fund donations, 1963-1970, and correspondence and financial statements concerning bequests for Methodist Church purposes, 1999-2002; property and church fabric papers, 1895-1990, including papers relating to the sale of the old chapel, 1954, and the building of the new chapel, 1951-1954; community roll, 1970, 1981, 1984-1985; pulpit notices, 1977-1978, 1981-1982; printed pamphlets, 1955-2004; service sheet for the opening of West Thorpe church, 1954; newspaper cuttings, 1959, [1984]; and photographs, [1950s]-1984.

Sunday School records, including committee and local youth council meeting minute books, 1953-1976, 1984-1986; Sunday School collections, 1961-1964; quarterly summary and journal, 1955-1969; admission registers and records, 1954-1984; registers for primary and beginner students, 1962-1971, juniors, 1962-1969, and seniors, 1962-1975; teachers’ rolls, 1955-1976.


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The archive includes the records of both Dringhouses Chapel and its successor West Thorpe Chapel.

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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.

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Related units of description

Circuit records for the York Circuit, the York, Wesley Circuit and the York, South Circuit of the Methodist Connexion are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The records of York Circuit are included in the records of 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, 22.11.16.




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