Catalogue ReferenceD/MS49
TitleRecords of Mortimer Primitive Methodist Church, Stratfield Mortimer
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]


Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1932-1977; chapel accounts, 1897; annual statements of trust accounts, 1953-1975; Drury Lane chapel : appointments of trustees, 1901-1976, registration as place of worship, (1872), and miscellaneous, 1947-1976; West End Road chapel : appointments of trustees, 1949-1976, papers re purchase of site, 1943-1951, plans, 1953, contract to build hall, 1955, mortgage, 1956, registration certificates, 1956-1957; trustees' correspondence, 1959-1983; papers re land and buildings in West End Road, 1948-1968; papers on Westlands, King Street, Mortimer, 1964-1966; leaders' meeting minutes, 1954-1973; Church Council minutes, 1974-1989; annual society meeting minutes, 1965-1989 (incomplete); financial statements, 1970-1990 (incomplete); Family Committee minutes, 1974-1976; correspondence, 1971-1973; annual reports, 1968-1986/7 (incomplete).

Society organisations
Young People's Guild committee minutes, 1956-1957; Youth Club minutes, 1961; Youth Council minutes, 1973.

Service of the church
Opening and dedication order of service, 1972.

Directory, 1988.

Sunday School and Sunday Institute
Sunday School teachers' meeting minutes, 1903-1969; Youth Council minutes, 1970-c.1973; Sunday School accounts, 1868-1944; Sunday School lectionary, 1879.

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Handbill for lecture on Palestine, c.1906; centenary celebration souvenir booklet, 1966; notes on history of church, 1966-1974; newsletters, 1989-1996 (incomplete).
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent9 vols, 47 bdls, 4 files, 18 docs
Admin HistoryThe Primitive Methodists were worshipping in Stratfield Mortimer in the mid 1830s, probably in a barn registered for religious worship in 1834, believed to have been in Simms Lane, and possibly in a house registered in 1833.

A chapel was built in Drury Lane, Mortimer, in 1867, and registered for worship in 1872. The church moved to a new hall in West End Road in 1956. The old church building was sold in 1971 but a separate trust continued to hold the burial ground there. A new church was built at the West End Road site in 1972.
AcquisitionDeposited in November 1991 (acc. 4893 part); June 2003 (acc. 7223); February 2006 (acc. 7766)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 4893 (part): 1A/1-4; 1B/1-3; 1C/1-16; 1D/1-4; 1F/1-3; 2A/1-3; 2B/1-2; 2D/1; 2E/1; 4B/1; 7A/1-3; 7C/1; 8/1-4
Acc. 7223: 8/5
Acc. 7766: 1B/4-8; 1C/17-22; 1F/4-6; 1G/1; 2A/4; 2B/3-4; 2C/1; 2E/2; 3D/1-2; 6A/1; 8/6-13
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/MC3,6, 21

Church property file (including burial ground), 1975-2010
Quinquennial reports, 2007-2012 D/MC6/3A/37

File on building scheme, 2004-2005 D/MC6/3A/46

Cine-film of events in Mortimer and the Silchester Circuit, n.d. [c.1960-1964] Wessex Film and Sound Archive, Hampshire Record Office 198M86/81

Typescript commentary accompanying the cine-film
Wessex Film and Sound Archive, Hampshire Record Office 198M86/82 (copy BRO D/MC 3/9/2).

MIs T/T 47,51
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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