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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/3393/NW
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1896-1999
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 1.25 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:

In Northwood Primitive Methodists met in a house called 'Elthorne' in the modern High Street from about 1896. In that year a school chapel to accommodate 250 people was built on the corner of High Street and Hallowell Road. The present church next to the school chapel was completed in 1903. It was further extended in 1910, and a new vestry added in 1927. Enemy action caused considerable damage to the building in 1944. From 1905 a group of about 20 Wesleyan Methodists worshipped in a house in Chester Road. Two years later a temporary corrugated iron church was erected in Hallowell Road. After the construction of a permanent building in Oaklands Gate in 1924, the temporary structure was transferred there for use as a church hall. A new hall and classrooms costing 22,500 were completed in 1962. After the Methodist Union in 1932 these two churches became known as the High Street and Oaklands Gate Methodist churches.

From: A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4: Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner (1971), pp. 145-146.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Northwood Methodist Church, Oaklands Gate, including register of baptisms, 1905-1985; membership registers, 1975-1980; minutes of annual general meetings and secretary's annual reports for the Men's Circle, 1960-1964; financial accounts, 1905-1985; Trustees' Meeting minute book, 1896-1922; architectural plans, 1963-1975; Minister's correspondence concerning local ministry, manse facilities and local area, 1975; Overseas Missions Committee minute book, 1964-1982; Women's Work Committee minute books, 1956-1990; Men's Circle accounts and subscriptions book; 1955-1976; Prayer fellowship minute book; 1978-1984; illustrated leaflet on church activities, 1960s; historical notes, lists of ministers and related correspondence, 1977-1992; printed material, plans and related correspondence regarding church bazaar, including correspondence with Middlesex County Council regarding licensing, 1928-1955; Jubilee Souvenir booklet, 1946; Monthly newsletters, 1954-1971 and photographs of church exterior, 20th century.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Registers And Membership; Church Administration; Trustees And Buildings; Ministers And Other Staff; Church Groups And Organisations; Printed Items.

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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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1991 with an additional accession in 2001 (ACC/3393, B01/058).

Allied Materials

Related material:

London Metropolitan Archives has other holdings relating to some of the churches within the Harrow Circuit, as follows: Harrow Methodist Chapel ACC/1391/1-87; Bessborough Road, Harrow Church ACC/1388/27-34; Welldon Crescent, Harrow Church ACC/1388/35-38; Hallowwell Road, Northwood Church ACC/1388/80-82; Harefield Methodist Church ACC/2567/1-20; Harefield Methodist Church ACC/2270/1-2; Ruislip Common Church ACC/3430/1.

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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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