fonds MR/Y/MT - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Melbourne Terrace Methodist Chapel

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Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Melbourne Terrace Methodist Chapel


  • 1874-2015 (Creation)

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0.12 cubic metres

8 boxes

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Administrative history

Melbourne Terrace Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was completed and opened in 1877. It replaced a small school chapel on Cemetery Road which had been used by the Wesleyan Methodists since 1872, and which had formerly been used by the Methodist New Connexion congregation before their move to Trinity Chapel.

The new chapel, designed by Edward Taylor of York, was designed to accommodate a growing local population. It could seat 850 people and included a new schoolroom and four additional classrooms. An organ was installed in 1880, a new Sunday School was added in 1881, and an adjoining lecture hall and Men's Institute were built in 1904.

The building was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War. It was closed in 1961 and the schoolroom was adapted to serve as a new chapel, remaining in use until 1986 when it was demolished and replaced by the present Melbourne Terrace Methodist Church.

Originally part of the York, New Street Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion (later renamed Clifton Circuit), it joined the new York, Centenary Circuit in 1888. Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in 1932 Melbourne Terrace continued as part of the Centenary 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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute prior to 1984. Further additions were made to the archive in 1984, 2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016.

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Register of baptisms, 1876-1885, 1917-1969.

Records of Trustees, including meeting minute books, 1876-1915, 1924-1960, treasurer’s annual accounts, 1875-1942, and cash book, 1931-1975; Society and Leaders’ meetings minute books, 1891-1903, 1915-1989; minute book of the Church Family Committee, 1975-1986; and Bazaar Committee minute books, 1914-1941.

Financial records, including Society Steward’s cash book, 1952-1975; general church fund accounts, 1959-1967; pew rents account books, 1877-1909; and other financial papers, 1877-1953.

Records of chapel groups and associations, comprising Sunday School Council minute books, 1907-1967, and programme and photographs of reunion, 1910; Wesley Guild minute book, 1924-1951; Women’s Pleasant Hour minute book, 1925-1984; Young Wives’ Group account book, 1955-1971, and attendance register, 1956-1975; and Wesleyan Mission Band printed plan, 1888-1889.

Historical material, including documents placed in foundation stones, 1875, 1986; letter from son of former minister enclosing subscription list for foundation of chapel, 1926; anniversary brochures, 1877-1977; order of service for opening and dedication of new church, 1986; order of service for centenary celebrations, 1977; and other historical notes and memoranda, including press cuttings and photographs, 19th-20th century.

Records of the Boy’s Brigade, comprising papers of the 1st City of York Company, Boy’s Brigade, including cash books, staff meeting minutes, company handbook, papers relating to the Boy’s Brigade centenary and Royal Address from Company, 1960s-1989; papers of the 2nd City of York Company, Boy’s Brigade, including attendance roll book, register, squad roll book and documentation for appointment of officers, 1928-1947; and papers relating to the Boy’s Brigade National Council held at the University of York, 1981.

Unlisted material, c.1912-2015.


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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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 2002. Later material has not yet been listed, please contact the Institute for more information.

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Circuit records for York, New Street and York, Centenary Circuits of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, and York, Centenary and York, South Circuits of the Methodist Connexion are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute. The records of both Centenary Circuits form a single archive (MRC/3).

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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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Created by S. A. Shearn, 06.12.16.




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