Catalogue ReferenceD/MS76
TitleRecords of Tilehurst Wesleyan Methodist Church
Description[For more information about the records in this collection please contact Berkshire Record Office.]


Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1884-1916, 1934-1961; Triangle House Youth Centre trustees' meeting minutes, 1945-1961; trust accounts, 1884-1921, 1953-1975; annual statements of trust accounts, 1904-1907; Building or Renovation Fund accounts, 1957-1978; reports on church building, 1954-1956; leaders' meeting minutes, 1906-1939, 1953-2004 (incomplete); annual society meeting minutes, 1925-1939, 1954-1979 (incomplete); Church Council minutes, 1974-1979; accounts, 1956-1976; annual statements of accounts, 1958-1973, 2004/5 (incomplete); finance committee minutes, 1950-2003, and papers, 1972-1985; Bazaar (later Special Efforts) Committee minutes, 1962-1976; Church Family Committee minutes, 1974-1996; general correspondence, 1981-1994.

Society organisations
Wives' Group minutes, 1976-1991, and accounts, 1961-1995; Wesley Guild programme, 2009-2010; Youth Centre Parliament proceedings, 1943-1954; missionary committee minutes, 1948-1958.

Church directories, 1994, 2009.

Sunday School
Sunday School register, 2013.

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Histories of church, 1945, 2005; papers of Children and Families Worker, 2011-2013.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent23 vols, 16 bdls, 3 files, 6 docs
Admin HistoryThe Wesleyans began open-air meetings in Tilehurst in 1861. Worship took place in, successively, a cottage, a coachhouse and (from 1884) an iron Mission Hall.

A new church was built in 1904-1905. There was a major revival, 1939-1945.
AcquisitionDeposited in March 1983 (acc. 3212 part); September 1986 (acc. 3875 part); October 1992 (acc. 5106 part); March 2005 (acc. 7604); May 2015 (acc. 9627); December 2018 (acc. 10436)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 3212 (part): 2A/1
Acc. 3875 (part): 8/1
Acc. 5106 (part): 1A/1-2
Acc. 7604: 1A/3-5; 1B/1-8; 1C/1; 2A/2-3, 5-7; 2B/1-2; 2C/1-6; 3D/1-2; 3E/1; 8/2
Acc. 9627: 2A/8-13; 2B/3; 2C/7-8; 2D/1; 3A/1-2; 3C/1; 6A/1-2
Acc. 10436: 7B/1; 8/3
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 MaterialCircuit records D/MC1, 5-6, 21

Church property file, 1983-2014 D/MC6/3A/17

Quinquennial reports, 2005-2010 D/MC6/3A/39

Baptisms, 1898 D/MS60/5A/1
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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