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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2714
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1902-1982
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.83 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:

At a meeting of the Wandsworth Methodist Circuit in November 1902 it was decided to open a Wesleyan Chapel in Southfields to cater for the growing number of Methodist families in that area.

The first public service as held in the Merton Road School in December 1905. A School Chapel, with seating for 400 people, opened in Ravensbury Road in 1908. However, expansion was rapid and this was replaced in 1925 by the much larger Central Hall (on the corner of Ravensbury and Durnsford Road). In addition to being a place of worship the Central Hall was also intended to provide a meeting place for the local community. Music concerts and film shows were a regular feature for many years and parts of the premises were leased to local businesses.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Southfields Methodist Church, Wandsworth, 1902-1982, including register of baptisms; register of marriages; Leaders meetings minutes; Church Council minutes and correspondence; Society meetings minutes; minutes of Finance Committee; collection journals; Sunday School minutes and correspondence; youth work minutes and related papers; Sisterhood Committee minutes; correspondence relating to the building; deeds; plans; programmes; newsletters; pulpit notices; press cuttings and photographs.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Registers; Minutes; Finance; Sunday School; Building; Deeds; Plans; Printed Material.

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

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Description Notes

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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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