fonds MR/Y/SOU - Society records of the Methodist Church, York, Southlands Methodist Chapel

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


  • 1880-1988 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.2 cubic metres

11 boxes and 1 oversize folder

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Administrative history

Southlands Wesleyan Methodist Chapel opened on the corner of Southlands and Bishopthorpe Roads in 1887. Designed by Charles Bell, it comprised a large hall and fifteen classrooms and could accommodate 750 people. An organ was installed in 1893 and a hall was added in 1920 to house the Young Men's Association.

The chapel was originally part of the York, Wesley Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion. Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches in 1932, York, Wesley and Victoria Bar Circuits merged and Southlands Chapel continued as part of an enlarged Wesley Circuit of what was now a single Methodist Connexion. In 1981 it joined York, South Circuit.

The chapel was repaired in 1977 and modernised in 2000. As of 2016 it is still in use. Since 2012 it has been part of the York Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 1989. Further additions were made to the archive in 1993, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

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Scope and content

Register of baptisms, 1887-1913; records of Trustees’, including meeting minutes, 1888-1977, accounts, 1943, 1949-1969, correspondence and related papers, 1892, 1917-1933, 1960, 1967-1969, 1979; Leaders’ records, including meeting minutes, 1925-1946, 1964-1974, minutes of Leaders’ conference sub-committee meetings, 1965-1967, and class book with registers of members, 1909-1913, 1957-1959; Society Stewards’ records, including accounts, 1934-1977; chapel stewards’ records, including meeting minutes, 1952-1974, Property Committee minutes, 1974-1982, and financial report, 1913; Poor Stewards’ records, including accounts of donations and distributions, 1891-1974; records of pew rents, 1887-1929; service programmes, 1959, 1977-1986; pulpit notices, 1960-1964; weekly announcement sheets, 1966, 1977-1985; Southlands Messenger magazine, 1911-1915; Outlook, Southlands Church magazine, 1973-1988; Ministers’ records, including press cuttings and photographs, 1890-1988; scrapbook of notes and press cuttings relating to Southlands Chapel and general Methodist affairs, 1880s-1930s; notes, press cuttings and service sheets for 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of chapel, n.d.; planning papers, press cuttings, service sheets, and photographs for chapel centenary, 1984-1987; Soldiers’ Rest Rooms records, including committee report, weekly attendance roster, correspondence, and press cuttings, 1914-1915; Christian Stewardship Campaign records, including meeting minutes, programmes, circulars, reports and related papers, 1963-1965; Wesley Circuit Conference Committee correspondence and programmes, 1965-1967.

Records of chapel groups and associations, comprising Southlands Institute records, including rules and regulations, 1938, meeting minutes, 1920-1963, diary of Institute events, 1951-1955, and papers relating to building of Thanksgiving Hall, 1919-1921; Men’s Association meeting minutes, 1917-1920; Wives’ Group accounts, 1979-1980, and register of attendance, 1979-1980; Dramatic Group meeting minute book, 1949-1952; Sunday School records, including committee meeting minutes, 1896-1907, council meeting minutes, 1907-1946, programme for sale of work, 1894, and anniversary service programme, 1955; Wesleyan Schools records, including visitor reports, 1914-1915, concert programmes, 1981, and christmas photographs, 1978-1981; Young People’s Association programmes, 1924-1927; Young Leaguers’ Union records, 1922-1933; Junior Missionary Association records, 1977-1987; Youth and Community Centre records,1970-1984; survey of worship taken by Sunday Evening Young People’s Fellowship, with analysis, 1967; chapel choir records, including membership card with rules, c.1905, concert programmes, 1890, 1950s-1960s, 1980s, programmes for choir outings, 1898, 1935, 1937, 1946-1947, 1950, 1953-1955, 1959, 1961, press cuttings, 1956, 1960, notes towards a history of the choir, 1880-1896, and photographs, 1920s-1970s; Southlands Band concert programmes, 1984, and papers relating to visit of Norwegian school band, 1979; organ records, including press cuttings and programmes for recitals, n.d., and historical notes, 1892-1929; Cricket Club records, including lists of officers and fixtures, 1921, 1923, and notes towards a history of the cricket and hockey clubs, [1980s]; programmes, press cuttings and photographs relating to chapel outings and events, 1910-1986.

Unlisted material.


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.

Language of material

  • 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 1989. Later material has not yet been listed, please contact the Institute for more information.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

A copy of the baptismal register, 1887-1900, is also available on microfilm at the Borthwick Institute (References: MF 1785).

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, 24.11.16.




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