- 1867-1981 (Creation)
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In 1867 the Wesley Circuit was formed out of the original York Circuit of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion, for the parts of the city and villages west of the river Ouse.
The Circuit included the following chapels in York: Wesley, Southlands, Lidgett Grove, Albany Street, Dringhouses and Skeldergate Mission Hall, as well as the following chapels in North Yorkshire: Acomb, Acaster Malbis, Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Holgate, Hessay, Moor Monkton, Nun Monkton, Poppleton, Rufforth and West Thorpe.
In 1935, following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist churches, it joined with the former Primitive Methodist Victoria Bar Circuit. The united congregations agreed to retain the name 'Wesley Circuit.'
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In 1932 the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist Churches united to form the new Connexion of the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Three years later the Wesley Circuit of the York Wesleyan Connexion and the Victoria Bar Circuit of the York Primitive Methodist Connexion were joined together to create a new Circuit. It was agreed in March 1935 that the new Circuit should retain the Wesley name.
Between 1935 and 1981 the new Wesley Circuit included the following chapels in York: Wesley, Victoria Bar, Southlands, Holgate, Albany Street, Skeldergate Mission Hall, Lidgett Grove, Dringhouses and West Thorpe. Outside of York it included chapels at Acomb, Acaster Malbis, Bishopthorpe, Copmanthorpe, Heslington, Hessay, Moor Monkton, Nun Monkton, Poppleton and Rufforth.
From 1957 the circuit was part of the broader York and Hull District of the Methodist Church.
In 1981 the Wesley Circuit amalgamated with the York, Centenary Circuit to form the York, South Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.
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Circuit administration, comprising Quarterly Meeting minute books, 1867-1883, 1901-1981; Circuit (General Purposes) Committee records, including Circuit Committee minutes, 1943-1980, account book, 1966-1981, and Circuit policy, 1976; Circuit Extension Committee minute book, 1877-1885, and accounts, 1872-1885; Local Preachers Local Preachers’ meeting minute books, 1867-1981;
Invitation Committee minutes, 1933-1943; Stewards’ Committee minutes, 1937-1942; Society Stewards’ Committee minutes, 1940; Ministers’ Houses Furnishing Committee minutes, 1942; Circuit schedule books, 1867-1974; Circuit plans and directories, 1868, 1936, 1974-1981; findings of the York Wesley Circuit Survey Committee, 1968.
Financial records, including Finance Committee minutes, 1933-1943; Circuit Stewards’ account books, 1867-1909, 1925-1981; and Circuit Chapel Debt Reduction Committee records, including minute book, 1869-1873, and circular and subscription list, 1869.
Property records, including annual United Trustees’ Meeting minute books, 1868-1976, and Trust property schedules, 1867-1979; Circuit Property Committee minutes, 1977-1980; Acomb, Southland and Wesley Manse Trusts minute books, 1868-1977; Chapel Committee Building Consents, 1878-1880; register of deeds and documents, 1976; and summary of Circuit property, 1980.
Records of Circuit groups and organisations, comprising Sunday Schools Committee minute book, 1868-1895, and Circuit rules for Sabbath Schools, 1877; Circuit Education and Sunday School schedule books, 1906-1914; Circuit Missionary Committee records, including accounts, 1870-1936, and minute book of the Juvenile Foreign Missionary Society, 1926-1948; Women’s Work (Methodist Missionary Society) minute books, 1941-1981; Overseas Missions Division records, including minutes, 1915-1979, and correspondence, financial papers and leaflets, 1958-1979; Choirmasters’ Committee minutes, 1940-1949; and Circuit Eisteddfod (later Musical Festival) Committee minute book, 1938-1954.
Historical material, including Circuit Centenary booklet, 1868-1968; Book of Remembrance created to mark the amalgamation of Wesley and Victoria Bar Circuits, 1935; booklet commemorating creation of York, South Circuit, 1981; list of ministers of the Circuit, 1855-1935.
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