fonds MR/Y/EB - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Chapel


  • 1855-1901 (Creation)

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0.01 cubic metres

1 box

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Administrative history

Ebenezer Chapel opened at 3 Little Stonegate, York, in 1851, replacing the Grape Lane Primitive Methodist Chapel, which was sold. It was designed by local architect J. B. Pritchett and could accommodate around 1000 people.

It was the principal chapel within the York Circuit of the Primitive Methodist Connexion until 1883 when the Circuit split into two and it became the principal chapel of the First Circuit, renamed the Monkgate Circuit after 1903.

By the late nineteenth century the congregation had begun to outgrow the building. The chapel was consequently sold in 1901 to a local printing firm and a new Primitive Methodist Chapel was opened in Monkgate in 1903.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in the 1980s.

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Scope and content

Register of baptisms, 1869-1895; Trustees' meetings minute books, 1856-1901; Leaders' meetings minute book, 1855-1877, and quarter day reports, 1855-1877; printed hymn sheet on the occasion of the farewell tea meeting for Reverend C. Stockdale, 1875.


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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Existence and location of copies

A copy of the baptismal register, 1869-1895, is also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 1784).

Related units of description

Circuit records for the York Circuit and York First (Monkgate) Circuit of the Primitive Methodist Connexion and the Monkgate Circuit of the Methodist Church of Great Britain are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. These form a single archive: Records of the Methodist Church, York (Monkgate) Circuit.

The Borthwick also holds the records of the chapel's predecessor: Grape Lane Primitive Methodist Chapel, York.

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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, 15.11.16.




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