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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LMA/4092
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1890-1979
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.56 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 first small group of Methodists in Southgate joined together for worship at a cottage in Chelmsford Road in 1885. The group soon outgrew their first meeting place and moved in turn to a baker's shop, a marquee, an old corrugated iron building called the Iron Chapel and, in 1891, the Wesleyan Chapel on Chase Side (near present day St Andrew's). By the early 1920s, Southgate was changing from village to suburb with the coming of the Southgate tube station, and plans were made to move the church to a still larger site on Bourne Hill.

October 1929 saw the congregation's first worship service in its new location. Southgate Methodist Church became known locally as The Bourne Methodist Church due to its location and to distinguish it from New Southgate Methodist Church in Barnet. The rapidly expanding Sunday School meant that new rooms were built in 1937. The two-storey building of Martin Luther and St Augustine halls opened in 1956 and has since housed a wide variety of church and community activities.

In the 1990s a major redevelopment scheme modernised the worship facilities and provided greatly improved premises now constantly in use by the church and community for worship, study, relaxation, meetings, and activities. The church is part of the Enfield Circuit.



Scope and content/abstract:

Records of 'The Bourne', Southgate Methodist Church, 1890-1979, including Trustees meeting minute books and account books; Leader's meeting minutes; Society Steward account books; Missionary Committee meetings; pulpit notices; Sunday School minute book; Quarterly Circuit meeting minutes and other Circuit administrative papers including correspondence; collection journals; Finsbury Park and Southgate Circuit plans and directories and issues of Church newsletter 'Bourne Tidings'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Trustees; Societies; Circuit; Church.

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 two accessions in 1998 (B98/091, B98/204).

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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