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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): N/M/007
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1639-1944
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.06 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 Great Queen Street Chapel was founded in 1706 as a dissenting chapel constructed in the garden of a home on Lincoln's Inn Fields. In 1758 the chapel was purchased by the Reverend Thomas Francklyn and became a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. The chapel was rebuilt in 1817 when land was bought in neighbouring gardens in order to construct a larger building with galleries.

The chapel was the centre of the Great Queen Street Circuit which was formed in the 1820s and stretched as far as Finchley and Barnet. In 1906 the Methodist Conference gave the Chapel to the West London Mission. The building was later condemned by the London County Council and the Mission was temporarily housed in the Lyceum Theatre, while on Great Queen Street at the old site a new place of worship, Kingsway Hall, was under construction. Kingsway Hall opened in 1912.


Scope and content/abstract:

Register of baptisms and burials, 1812-1856; register of baptisms, 1837-1909; register of marriages, 1843-1930; register of burials, 1839-1848; deeds, leases and conveyances for land and property owned by the Chapel, 1639-1877; contracts and agreements, 1908-1913; trusteeship records for Great Queen Street Chapel and Kingsway Hall, 1835-1944; Trustees minutes, 1798-1905; report of the Trustees to the Special Circuit Meeting, 1843; 2nd London Circuit Day School Committee minutes, 1836-1870; financial records, 1807-1925; Trustees report books, 1738-1907; Trustees vouchers, 1812-1894; papers of the Society to Visit and Relieve the Sick and Distressed Poor at their own Habitations, 1800-1876; papers relating to Great Queen Street Schools, particularly the rebuilding of the schools, 1827-1874 and financial accounts of Great Queen Street Schools, 1836-1902.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes, registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, deeds and financial records.

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:

Deposited in 1971 (AC/71/024).

Allied Materials

Related material:

SEE ALSO ACC 2330/96

Publication note:

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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