Catalogue ReferenceD/MS9
TitleRecords of Windsor Wesleyan Methodist Church (Bier Lane, Peascod Street and Alma Road)

Society administration
Trustees' meeting minutes, 1872-1873, 1899-1949; trustees' treasurer's accounts, 1940-1963; chapel steward's accounts with trustees, 1878-1893; pew rent accounts, 1883-1905; Methodist Trust Cottages rent accounts, 1932, 1948-1967; chapel trust accounts, 1949-1967; High Street Appeal Fund accounts, 1960-1961; bills, vouchers, etc, 1836-1906; chapel papers, 1825-1885; deeds of church site, 1892-1944; agreements relating to chapel property, 1840-1853; appointments of new trustees, 1892-1966; retirements of trustees, 1928-1952; fire insurance policies on 72 Peascod St and 6 Clarence Road, 1846-1856; manse building fund financial statements, 1893; accounts for building ‘chapel house’ and Epworth Villa, c.1893; deeds and papers relating to manse (Epworth Villa), 1892-1958; papers on purchase of new manse, 1958; miscellaneous, 1905; leaders' and stewards' meeting minutes, 1873-1908; annual society meeting minutes, 1929-1946; stewards' accounts, 1851-1875, 1923-1939; poor steward's accounts, 1877-1956; collection journal, 1930-1935; plans of proposed alterations, 1990; quinquennial inspection reports, 2002, 2008.

Society organisations
Women's Own minutes, 1954-1994, and accounts, 1971-1994; Ladies' Sewing Meeting minutes and accounts, 1926-1932; Wesley Guild minutes, 1897-1901; accounts, 1936-1987; annual statements of accounts, 1955/60-2005/6 (incomplete); programmes, 1955/6-2006/7; Wesleyan Boys' Social Club library register and rules, 1909-1913; Windsor Tract Society minutes, 1858-1861; Christian Workers' Association minutes, 1888-1896; Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society : Windsor branch accounts, 1916-1937; Women's Work minutes, 1949-1983.

Service of the church
Order of service : rededication, 1993.

Membership roll, 1935.

Sunday School and Institute
Sunday School committee and teachers' meetings minutes, 1858-1912, 1958-1970; Sunday School Council minutes, 1912-1940, 1952-1958; Sunday School accounts, 1893-1905; Sunday School admission registers, 1862-1873; Sunday School summary attendance registers, 1857-1865, 1890-1899, 1909-1946; Sunday School attendance registers, 1938-1947; Sunday School teachers' attendance registers, 1886-1942; Sunday School annual reports, 1933-1942; Sunday School Anniversary reports and orders of service, 1940-1948.

Printed material/Miscellaneous
Press cuttings, 1836-1886; histories of church, 20 C.; centenary newsletter and year diary, 1977; newsletters (incomplete), 1988-1991; miscellaneous, 1865, 20 C.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent62 vols, 56 bdls, 1 file, 4 rolls, 17 docs
Admin HistoryJohn Wesley first preached in Windsor in 1738. A Methodist Society was soon in existence (certainly by 1745), but it did not endure. The work appears to have been revived by a soldier and former Methodist local preacher named John Ould, after the latter attended a prayer meeting in Windsor in 1800.

A Society is recorded in 1815, with 26 members, and in the same year a minister was appointed to Windsor (the Revd Thomas Robinson). A chapel opened in Bier Lane in 1816. In 1837 the Society moved to a larger chapel off Peascod Road, with 500 sittings, and the old chapel was sold.

In 1876-7 a new church was built at the corner of Alma Road and Clarence Road in what was described as "the Mediaeval Style of the Early Decorated period", soon followed by an adjoining manse. The Peascod Street premises were sold in 1886. The Alma Road church underwent a major renovation in 1963 and was rebuilt in 1992.
AcquisitionDeposited in April 1978 (acc. 2309 part); June 1988 (acc. 4239 part); January 1992 (acc. 4942); May 1992 (acc. 5015); June 1994 (acc. 5443 part); December 1997 (acc. 6145 part); November 1998 (acc. 6332); July 2004 (acc. 7449); July 2006 (acc. 7853); October 2006 (acc. 7894); October 2007 (acc. 8110); November 2013 (acc. 9303); July 2015 (acc. 9654); January 2016 (acc. 9790); November 2018 (acc. 10397)

Schedule of accessions
Acc. 2309 (part): 1A/1-3; 1B/1-8; 1C/1-6; 1F/1-4; 1G/1; 2A/1-3; 2B/1-4; 3A/5-6; 3C/1; 3D/1-2; 3E/1-4; 7A/1-7; 7B/1-15; 7C/1-7; 8/1-2, 5-6
Acc. 4239 (part): 1F/5
Acc. 4942: 8/4
Acc. 5015: 8/3
Acc. 5443 (part): 8/7-8
Acc. 6145 (part): 4B/1
Acc. 6332 : 3A/1-4; 3E/5
Acc. 7449: 1C/7
Acc. 7853: 2E/1
Acc. 7894: 8/9
Acc. 8110: 3C/2-8
Acc. 9303: 1A/4; 1B/9-14; 1C/8-11; 1D/1; 1F/6-7; 2E/2
Acc. 9654: 1B/15-16; 2A/4-6; 2B/5-8; 2C/1-9; 2E/3; 7A/8-10
Acc. 9790: 1C/12; 2E/4
Acc. 10397: 2A/7-9; 2D/1; 2E/5-7; 7B/16-19; 8/10-11
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 14, 17, 19: Circuit records
MF 600: Baptisms, 1823-1837
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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