fonds MRC/6 - Circuit records of the United Methodist Free Church, York, Monk Bar Circuit

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Circuit records of the United Methodist Free Church, York, Monk Bar Circuit


  • 1873-1934 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.01 cubic metres

1 box

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Name of creator

(c 1856-1907)

Administrative history

In 1856 the York Wesleyan Methodist Association united with the Wesleyan Reformers to become the United Methodist Free Church. The York Circuit was subsequently formed and remained the only Free Church Circuit in York until 1907. Its head chapel was Monk Bar Chapel and it also included the Free Church chapel in James Street, York.

In 1907 the Circuit was divided into two, the first still headed by Monk Bar Chapel and the second formed from Trinity New Connexion Chapel.

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Administrative history

In 1907 the United Methodist Free Churches merged with the Methodist New Connexion and the Bible Christian Church to form the United Methodist Church. As a result, what had been the only United Methodist Free Church Circuit in York was divided into two. The first took its name from its head chapel of Monk Bar. The second was formed from Trinity New Connexion Chapel.

In 1911 the two Circuits were amalgamated to form Monk Bar Circuit. In 1914 Trinity Chapel replaced Monk Bar as the head chapel. The Circuit also included James Street Chapel, York.

Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodists in 1932, Monk Bar Circuit was joined to the new Monkgate Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

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

Quarterly Meeting minute books, 1894-1934; Circuit committee minute books, 1873-1899; Special Trust schedules for York, Maunby, Morton on Swale and Yafforth, with related papers, 1924.


Further accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

The archive incorporates the records of three consecutive Circuits of the United Methodist Free Church, often in a continuous record series. These are the York Circuit (1871-1907); the York First (Monk Bar) Circuit (1907-1911); and the York Monk Bar Circuit (1911-1934).

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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

Related units of description

The archives of the two United Methodist Free Church chapels in York - James Street and Monk Bar (Goodramgate) - are also deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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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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