Catalogue ReferenceD/MS55
TitleRecords of Cumberland Road Primitive Methodist Church, Reading
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]


Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1903-1975; trust accounts, 1916-1972; bills and vouchers for repairs and alterations, 1919-1935; papers re dispute over passage, 1956; letter re inclusion of preacher's house in trust, n.d. [c.1893-1903].

Baptism certificates, [c.1940]-1944; baptism register, 1945-1972; marriage registers, 1945-1972.

Sunday School and Sunday Institute
Sunday Institute accounts, 1930-1960.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent14 vols, 6 bdls, 1 doc
Admin HistoryThe church was built in 1871 to serve the east Reading/Newtown area.

It closed in 1972. The building was sold to the Sikh community in 1974 and converted into a temple.
AcquisitionSchedule of accessions
Acc. 2333 (part): 5A/1-2
Acc. 2271 (part): 5B/1-4
Acc. 5106 (part): 1A/1-3; 1B/7; 1C/3; 1D/1
Acc. 5250: 1B/1-6; 1C/1-2; 7D/1
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

D/MC 2, 5: Circuit records
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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