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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1850
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1858-1940
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 3.73 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Methodist Church of Great Britain x United Methodist Church x Wesleyan Methodist Church x Primitive Methodist Church


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bow Circuit was the first Home Mission circuit in Methodism, and the newly formed Metropolitan Wesleyan chapel Building Fund purchased land in Bow Road for future development. Alexander McAulay was appointed superintendent of the newly created Bow Circuit in 1861.

In September 1900 Bow and Poplar Circuits were united to become the Poplar and Bow branch of the London Mission (the successor of the Metropolitan Wesleyan Chapel Building Fund which had helped to establish Bow in 1863).

In 1961 Poplar and Bow Mission was divided into two separate circuits of Poplar and Bow.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, accounts, schedules and registers of Bow Methodist Mission Circuit and chapels within that Circuit, 1858-1940, including Elizabeth Street Church, Bow Common Church, Millwall Church, Old Ford Church, Old Mahogany Bar Church, Saint George's Methodist Church, Cable Street, Stratford Conference Hall, Tredegar Road Church, Bruce Road Church, Shirley Street Church, London Fields Church, Benledi Street School Chapel, Chrisp Street Church, Custom House Church, Driffield Road Church, Manchester Road Church, Maria Street Church, Mary Street Church and Plaistow Marsh Church.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections by Circuit and Chapel.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1983 (Acc/1850).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Reverend Alexander McAulay: the apostle of East London Methodism by William Sampson, 1899

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to March 2009

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