Catalogue ReferenceD/MS60
TitleRecords of Wesley Methodist Church, Queen's Road, Reading
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]

Summary

Society administration
Trustees’ meeting minutes, 1900-1976; trust accounts, 1873-1929, 1952-1971; annual statements of trust accounts, 1930-1941, 1959; report on proposed heating system, 1966; organ sub-committee report, 1939; report on fire-watching volunteers’ meeting, 1941; copy lease of 84 Queen’s Road, 1969; leaders’ meeting minutes, 1918-1974; Church Council minutes, 1974-2003 (incomplete); annual society or church meeting minutes, 1919-1959, 1993-2003; steward’s accounts, 1884-1904; collection accounts, 1898-1982 (incomplete); quarterly society accounts, 1952-1970; Gift Day committee minutes, 1940-1962; bazaar committee minutes, 1939-1942; finance committee minutes, 1956-1979; property committee minutes, 1977-1979; property and finance committee minutes, 1980-1985; meeting attendance book, 1971-2000; papers relating to redevelopment, 1987-1996; Property Group files, 1995-2008; quinquennial inspection reports, 2006.

Society organisations
Women’s Guild of Friendship and Service minutes, 1940-1961, and record of meetings, 1949-1955; London Street Ladies Guild minutes, 1938-1940; Bright Hour minutes, 1958-1995, accounts, 1975-1995, and attendance register, 1968-1980; Women’s Fellowship minutes, 1960-2010, and annual statements of accounts, 1968/9-2009/10; Queen’s Road Brotherhood: copy photograph, c.1907; Men’s League: photograph of Concert Party, n.d. [c.1920s]; Youth Council minutes, 1971-1973; Women’s Work committee minutes, 1929-1990, and accounts, 1950-1981; Girls’ League: photograph, n.d. [early 1920s]; Cricket Club: photograph, n.d. [1920s]; Tennis Club: photograph of Irrepressibles Concert Party, 1929.

Service of the church
Special orders of service, 1966, 2011.

Registration
Baptism register, 1873-1940, 1977; marriage registers, 1873-1994.

Membership
Directories, 2002-2007.

Sunday School and Sunday Institute
Sunday School/Junior Church minutes, 1959-2002; statements of accounts, 1988/9-1999/2000; lists of Junior Church members, 1993-2002; hymns for 41st anniversary, 1914; teaching materials, c.1900s-1960s; papers relating to Short and Walker Prizes, 1923-n.d. [c.1950s].

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Wesley News, 1949-2005 (incomplete); Life Lines, 2007-2017 (incomplete); sale of work programme, 1888; yearbook, 1955; centenary history, 1973; printed miscellanea, 1935-1940, 1995; memoir of minister’s daughters (1911-1914), 1990; photographs, n.d. [c.1874], 20C.
Date1873-2017
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
LevelFonds
Extent56 vols, 93 bdls, 43 docs
Admin HistoryJohn Wesley preached in Reading on a number of occasions, and a small Wesleyan society was meeting in London Street by 1739, but had failed by 1804. In 1811 a new society was formed, initially meeting in London Street, and then in a former schoolroom in Queens Road nicknamed the Inkpot Chapel. In 1816-1817 a chapel was built in Church Street.

Wesley Methodist Church in Queen's Road was built in 1872-3 and opened in 1873. In 1940 it absorbed the London Street former Primitive Methodist Society (D/MS 59).
AcquisitionDeposited in August 1978 (acc. 2333 part); October 1981 (acc. 2946 part); July 1988 (acc. 4269 part); March 1991 (acc. 4750 part); October 1992 (acc. 5106 part); January 1997 (acc. 5958); September 1999 (acc. 6506 part); February 2004 (acc. 7332); November 2004 (acc. 7521); December 2007 (acc. 8150); February 2012 (acc. 8964); October 2012 (acc. 9095); May 2015 (acc. 9624); May 2018 (acc. 10307); December 2018 (acc. 10433)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 2333 (part): 1A/1-3; 1B/1-7; 1C/1-2; 1D/1; 1E/1-2; 2A/1-4; 2B/1; 3D/1; 8/17
Acc. 2946 (part): 1A/4; 1F/1; 3A/1-6; 4B/1; 8/1-14
Acc. 4269 (part): 8/20
Acc. 4750 (part): 2B/9; 3E/1-6
Acc. 5106 (part): 2B/2-8; 2C/3-7; 7C/1; 8/15-16, 18-19
Acc. 5958: 2C/1-2
Acc. 6506 (part): 8/21
Acc. 7332: 5B/1
Acc. 7521: 3A/7-10
Acc. 8150: 2A/5-8; 2C/8-9; 2E/1-2; 3B/1-2; 3E/7; 3F/1-2; 7C/2-13; 8/22-24
Acc. 8964: 2E/3-15; 4B/2; 6A/1-3; 7A/1-2; 7C/14; 8/25-49, 51, 54-57
Acc. 9095: 2A/9-10; 2E/16
Acc. 9624: 2E/17; 8/48/5-6; 8/52, 58-60
Acc. 10307: 8/50, 53, 61-63
Acc. 10433: 3A/11-22; 5A/1; 5B/2-10; 7A/3-5; 7C/15; 8/64
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, 21

Baptisms at Wesley’s predecessor Church Street and at Wesley, 1836-1875
D/MC1/7A/1
Order of service for laying foundation stone, 1872
D/EX2474/9/2
Church property files, 1981-1988, 2007-2012
D/MC6/3A/8-9
Quinquennial reports 2006-2011 D/MC6/3A/35

Wesley News, 1979-1986
D/EX 987/19
Centenary press cutting, 1973 D/EX 987/18/15

Organ centenary programme and press cutting, 1974
D/EX 987/18/16-17
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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