Catalogue ReferenceD/MS1
TitleRecords of Reading, Oxford Road, Wesleyan Methodist Church

Society administration

Trustees' meeting and committee minutes, 1921-1976, and Property Committee minutes, 1977-1983; trust accounts, 1899-1965; deeds, 1779-1878; correspondence, 1904-1996; deed of Church House, 1879; Finance and Property Committee minutes, 1936-1996; leaders' meeting and annual society meeting minutes, 1903-1974; Church Council and General Church meeting minutes, 1974-1996; society stewards' accounts, 1877-1952; cash book, 1977-1989; annual statements of accounts, 1977/8-1995/6; collection journals, 1871-1972; Envelope Scheme registers, c.1941-1970s; communion accounts, 1974-1983; Oxford Road/West Reading Development Council minutes, 1993-1996; papers on caretakers, 1975-1996; quinquennial inspection reports, 1985, 1990; log books, 1986-1996; statement on future of church, 1978; announcement of closure, 1996; papers concerning future of site, 1991-1996.

Society organisations

Women's Bright Hour/Afternoon Fellowship minutes and accounts, 1927-1980; Men's Fireside Fellowship accounts and attendance register, 1939-1943; Wesley Guild minutes, 1896-1914; Temperance Society register and pledge records, 1903-1907; Choir Committee minutes, 1907-1954; Junior Wesley Guild minutes, 1926-1932; Youth Council minutes, 1951-1959; Junior Church Council minutes, 1968-1996; Methodist Missionary Society Women's Department branch minutes, 1933-1949; Women's Work minutes, 1950-1986; Church Family Committee minutes, 1975-1995; Pastoral Committee minutes, 1982-1996; Consultation on Worship minutes, 1985-1996.

Service of the church

Pulpit notices, 1932-1955 and 1984-1988; orders of service, 1925-1996.


Baptism register, 1880-1996; marriage certificate stubs, 1932-1971.


Class books, lists and ticket, 1909-1995.

Sunday School and Institute

Sunday School minutes, 1895-1922, 1939-1946; Sunday School teachers' and scholars' registers, 1871-1963; cradle roll registers, 1922-1987; photograph of Sunday School pageant, n.d. [c.1900]; Sunday Institute minutes, 1908-1943; Sunday Institute registers, 1908-1946.

Printed material/Miscellaneous

Service and handbooks, 1873-1928; church events leaflets, 1939-1986; centenary booklet, 1971; newsletters, 1987-1997.

RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent101 vols, 60 bdls, 7 files, 19 docs
Admin HistoryA group of Wesleyan Methodists from Reading, Church Street, first met in premises in West Street (vacated by a Baptist congregation who had moved to Carey Street) in 1871. Two years later land was bought at the corner of Oxford Road and Waylen Street and an iron chapel purchased from the Presbyterian church was re-erected there. By the 1890s a church hall had been added, and in 1893-1894 the iron chapel was replaced by a church. The opening services took place on 7 February 1894.

In 1996 the decision was taken to sell the Oxford Road church to the Church of God, and to unite with the West Reading society (D/MS 61), under the new name Emmanuel (D/MS 57).

Note: There was a Primitive Methodist Church also known as Oxford Road; for records of this church (later West Reading), see D/MS 61.
AcquisitionDeposited in 1974 (acc. 3487 part); December 1982 (acc. 3157); April 1986 (acc. 3794); September 1986 (acc. 3875 part); October 1987 (acc. 4108 part); April 1988 (accs. 4207 and 4209); July 1988 (acc. 4269 part); July 1991 (acc. 4827); September 1991 (acc. 4868 part); November 1991 (acc. 4903); April 1992 (acc. 4998); September 1992 (accs. 5078 part and 5082 part); December 1993 (acc. 5333); March 1994 (acc. 5405); April 1996 (acc. 5796); January 1997 (acc. 5960); February 1997 (accs. 5972 and 5993); March 1997 (acc. 6004); March 1998 (acc. 6209); December 1998 (acc. 6360); March 1999 (acc. 6414); February 2000 (acc. 6559); September 2001 (acc. 6844); June 2003 (acc. 7225); April 2009 (acc. 8391); February 2012 (acc. 8958); November 2019 (acc. 10634)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 3157: 1D/1; 1E/1-2; 2A/1-6; 2B/1-5, 7-17; 3A/1-10; 3B/1-3; 3C/2-5; 3D/1; 4A/1-12; 4B/1/3; 5B/1; 7B/9-10; 7D/1-8; 8/1-4
Acc. 3487 (pt): 1C/1-2
Acc. 3794: 1A/1; 1B/1-3; 5; 1E/3
Acc. 3875 (pt): 2B/18; 3D/2
Acc. 4108 (pt): 1A/2
Acc. 4207: 1D/2-4; 7B/15-22
Acc. 4209: 3C/1; 7A/2-3; 7B/1-8, 11-14; 7C/1
Acc. 4269 (pt): 7A/1
Acc. 4827: 1B/4; 1D/5; 2B/6; 4A/13
Acc. 4868 (pt): 2A/7
Acc. 4903: 8/5
Acc. 4998: 3E/1
Acc. 5078 (pt): 4B/2; 6C/1; 8/7
Acc. 5082 (pt): 4B/1/1-2
Acc. 5333: 6A/2-4
Acc. 5405: 4B/1/4; 8/6
Acc. 5796: 6A/1
Acc. 5960: 3D/3
Acc. 5972: 2A/8-10; 2C/1-4
Acc. 5993: 4B/3; 8/8
Acc. 6004: 2A/11; 2C/5-7; 2E/12; 6A/5; 8/10
Acc. 6209: 2E/1-2
Acc. 6360: 1C/3; 2B/19-20; 2C/8; 2D/1-6; 2E/3-11; 8/11
Acc. 6414: 8/9, 12
Acc. 6559: 1F/1
Acc. 6844: 7B/23
Acc. 7225: 2E/13-14; 4B/4
Acc. 8391: 3E/2
Acc. 8958: 2E/15-18; 5A/1; 7B/24-26; 7C/2
Acc. 10634: 3E/3; 3F/1; 7C/3-4; 8/13

ArrangementClassification scheme for Methodist society (chapel or church) records

[This scheme shows how the collection is arranged. This collection does not include every type of record in the scheme. See the summary for records included in this collection.]

1 Trustees
1A Trustees' meeting minutes
1B Trust accounts
1C Chapel property [deeds, certificates, licences, appointments of trustees]
1D Correspondence
1E Related committees
1F Other property [eg manse, hall, school]
1G Other

2 Leaders and society stewards/Church Council)
2A Leaders' meeting/Church Council minutes
2B Accounts
2C Committees
2D Correspondence
2E Other

3 Society organisations
3A Women's groups [except Women's Work
3B Men's groups
3C Joint fellowship [except Sunday Institute]
3D Youth organisations [except Sunday School]
3E Missions [including Women's Work]
3F Other

4 Service of the church
4A Pulpit notices
4B Orders of service
4C Ministers' papers
4D Other

5 Registration
5A Baptism
5B Marriage
5C Burial

6 Membership
6A Registers, class books and directories
6B Young disciples
6C Other

7 Sunday School and Sunday Institute
7A Sunday School minutes and accounts
7B Sunday School registers and cradle rolls
7C Other Sunday School records
7D Sunday Institute

8 Printed material/Miscellaneous
Related MaterialRecords in other collections

Circuit records D/MC1, 5-6
Church property file, 1962-2998 D/MC6/3A/11
Transcript of baptisms, 1880-1992 T/R 315
Newsletters, 1966-1984 D/MC5/1C/13
Access ConditionsWith the exception of registers of baptism, marriage and burial, and other material whose contents have been made public, records of the Methodist Church are closed for 30 years, and pastoral records for 75 years, in accordance with Methodist Church standing orders.

Applications for access to closed records must be made in writing to the County Archivist.
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