fonds MR/Y/J - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, James Street United Methodist Free Church

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Society records of the Methodist Church, York, James Street United Methodist Free Church


  • 1878-1977 (Creation)

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0.02 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Administrative history

A United Methodist Free Church chapel opened in James Street, York, in 1871, in a building provided by William Pumphrey. It was the second such chapel in the city, the first, Monk Bar Chapel, having opened in 1859 at the junction of Aldwark and Goodramgate.

The United Methodist Free Church in York had been formed in 1856 through the amalgamation of the Wesleyan Association and the Wesleyan Reformers. Its two chapels were initially part of a single York United Methodist Free Church Circuit, headed by the Monk Bar Chapel, but in 1907 this split into two, with a second Circuit being formed from the Trinity New Connexion Chapel.

The James Street Chapel remained part of the first Circuit until 1911 when the two were re-joined to form a single united Monk Bar Circuit, headed first by Monk Bar Chapel and then, after 1914, by Trinity Chapel.

In 1933, following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist Churches, the chapel became part of the new York, Monkgate Circuit of the unified Methodist Connexion. In 1957 this amalgamated with York, Clifton Circuit to form the new York, Clifton & Monkgate Circuit (also known as Trinity Circuit).

The chapel was closed in 1969.

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, 1880-1961, 1963-1965; records of Trustees', including meeting minute books, 1878-1976, and treasurer's account books, 1889-1976; financial records, including bank books, 1950-1977, Steward's account book, 1892-1973, with list of school classes, 1897-1899, and receipts, vouchers and financial papers, 1954-1975; Mothers' Meetings register, 1888; Band of Hope attendance register, n.d.


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, 1880-1902, is also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 1784).

Related units of description

Records for the York Circuit and York, Monk Bar Circuit of the United Methodist Free Church, and the York, Monkgate Circuit and York North Circuit of the Methodist Church of Great Britain are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The first two form a single archive, the Records of the United Methodist Free Church, York, Monk Bar Circuit. Records for York, North Street Circuit can be found in the Records of the Methodist Church, 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, 17.11.16.




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