- 1935-1983 (Creation)
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A temporary chapel was opened in 1934 on a site adjacent to Beckfield Lane and Lidgett Grove in Acomb, gifted by local Methodist Sir Robert Newbald Kay. The permanent chapel was completed by 1937 and was designed to accommodate 550 people. A new church hall was opened in 1967.
It is claimed that the pulpit in the chapel is that used by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, when he visited the Anglican church of York, St Mary, Castlegate.
Lidgett Grove was initially part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion. However in 1935, following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches, the Wesley and Victoria Bar Circuits merged and Lidgett Grove 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.
As of 2016 the chapel is still in use. Since 2012 it has been part of the York Circuit of the Methodist Connexion. It is intended that the chapel should be known as Lidgett Methodist Church in the future.
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Records of Trustees, including meeting minute books, 1954-1976, and treasurers’ account book, 1945-1965; Society and Leaders’ meeting minute books, 1935-1977; Policy and Finance Committee minute book, 1963-1977; papers concerning the new church hall, including Building Committee minute book, 1965-1968, correspondence, 1964-1969, and commemoration brochure for opening of the hall and re-dedication of the church, 1967; correspondence concerning chapel organ, 1972-1975; papers concerning the repair fund, including report, specification and plans, 1973-1974, and accounts, bills and receipts, 1974-1978; membership roll, 1947-1950, with gift day and chapel anniversary donations, 1970; Ethel Suffield Trust distribution account, 1975; Sunday School Council minute book, 1935-1973; Women’s Fellowship minute book, 1940-1967; analysis of circuit church life questionnaire for Lidgett Grove Chapel, 1983; service sheet and letters of congratulation on Golden Jubilee, 1983; photograph of ministers and Trustees, c.1935.
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