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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/1850-11
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1862-1976
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 1.57 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:

Bow Road Wesleyan Methodist Church was founded by the Reverend Alexander McAulay, who began preaching from his home in 1861. The Chapel was constructed by 1865. Various evangelical and social welfare activities took place at the Church, including the Queen Mary Day Nursery, medical clinics and a youth centre.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Bow Road Wesleyan Methodist Church, including register of marriages, 1866-1916; registers of baptisms, 1862-1955; Trustees meetings minute books, 1888-1976; financial accounts, 1865-1965; Leader's meetings minute books, 1868-1970; Management Committee minutes, 1922-1931; collection journals, 1956-1972; Government Air-Craft Insurance for Merchant Street Wesleyan Chapel, Bow Road, 1915; Wesley Guild minute books, 1929-1957; church magazines, 1946-1969; box containing booklets and newspapers (1863-1865) found under the memorial stone of Bow Road Chapel, after its destruction in 1941; newspaper cuttings, 1937-1970; photographs, 1960-1970 and papers and correspondence (1914-1965) regarding the centenary of Bow Road gathered in preparation for Leslie Farmer's history of Bow Mission, includes photographs.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Church groups and organisations; Schools; Printed items; Magazines and Newsletters; Photographs; Registers; Trustees and Building Records; Administration.

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:

The Bow Story by Leslie Farmer, 1965 and 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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