fonds MR/Y/HOL - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Holgate Methodist Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Holgate Methodist Chapel


  • 1907-2010 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

1 box

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Administrative history

Holgate Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was opened in 1910, replacing a Mission chapel which had been built on Wilton Street in 1873. The building, originally part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, was designed by T. Monkman of Monkman & Hornsey as a school chapel and consisted of a main assembly hall and eighteen separate classrooms.

Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in 1932, the Wesley and Victoria Bar Circuits merged and Holgate continued as part of an enlarged York, Wesley Circuit of what was now a unified Methodist Connexion. In 1981 it became part of York, South Circuit.

Plans to build a full Methodist church on adjacent land were never realised and the school chapel has remained the principle Methodist church in Holgate. The building was renovated in 1999.

As of 2016 it is still in use. 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 prior to 2010. Further additions were made to the archive in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Records of Trustees', including meeting minute books, 1907-1977, and treasurers' accounts, 1937-1960; records of Church Council, including meeting minutes, 1975-1990, 1992-2010, and copies of agreements with associated correspondence, 1995-1996; Leaders' Meetings minute books, 1929-1972; correspondence and papers relating to Holgate Methodist Church Family Committee, 1971-1975; Society Stewards' accounts, 1944-1963; church insurance, 1966; Holgate Methodist Church report, 1990; fabric papers, including copies of church floor plans, 2001, and papers concerning alterations to toilets and heating system c.2000-2005; The Holgate Methodist Messenger newsletter, 1974-1993; records of social and recreational events, including programme for Holgate Young People's dramatic and musical concert in aid of Sunday School funds, 1947, papers relating to celebrations for Elizabeth II, c.1953, Golden Jubilee brochure, 1960, papers and brochures relating to the Church's 75th (1985) and 95th (2005) anniversaries, and other papers; newspaper cuttings c.1950-c.1986; Centenary CD and leaflet, 2010; 'Holgate Methodist Church: A History 1910-2010' by Adelaide Morley, 2010; photographs, n.d.

Records of Holgate Chapel Sunday School, including proposal and plans for new Sunday Schools, 1909; papers concerning the building of the schools, 1907-1909; papers concerning the stone-laying ceremony, opening of the schools, and clearance of the building debt, 1909-1918; treasurers' accounts, 1911-1949, papers concerning Sunday School plays, 1940s, and Sunday School outings, c.1943, c.1948.

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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 2010. 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, 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 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, 22.11.16.




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