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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): O/121
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1932-1939
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear meters
Name of creator(s): Methodist Church of Great Britain x United Methodist Church x Wesleyan Methodist Church x Primitive Methodist Church


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Wesleyan Methodist church was first built in Poplar on Hale Street in 1807. In 1848 the congregation moved to a new, larger church on East India Dock Road. In 1886 new classrooms and a lecture hall were added to the church. The East India Dock Road church became the headquarters of the Poplar Wesleyan Mission (later the Poplar Methodist Mission). The Methodist Church missions in the East End of London aimed to combat the poverty and squalor of this area with a combination of evangelism and social work. The church was badly damaged by enemy action during the Second World War but was repaired and was used until 1976, when it was closed and the Mission transferred to the former Trinity Congregational Church on the same street.


Scope and content/abstract:

Issues of Pathfinder, the magazine of the Poplar Wesleyan Mission, Methodist Church, 1932-1939.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

25 issues arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1963 (AC/63/002).

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/3225: Poplar Methodist Church, LMA/4249: East End Mission and N/M/043/020: Poplar Methodist Chapel.

Publication note:

Anonymous, A history and a narrative concerning Poplar Wesleyan church, London: Poplar and Bow Methodist Mission, 1905.

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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