Held AtGloucestershire Archives
LevelCollection
Alt Ref NoD3418
TitleCheltenham Methodist Circuit
Date1748-2004
DescriptionCircuit records:
Circuit schedules 1837-1952; register of baptisms 1837-1985; roll books 1907-1952; minutes 1817-1991; accounts 1812-1991; registers of deeds 1932-1937; leases, property trustees' minutes and accounts 1836-1974; circuit plans and directories 1839-1992; charity minutes and accounts 1872-1953; minutes, accounts etc relating to missions 1852-1943; women's work minutes 1938-1959; circuit temperance schedule 1887-1892; Youth Council minutes and reports 1943-1967; Young Wives' Group minutes 1967-1973; Men's Fellowship accounts 1972-1991; Circuit Ministries Committee minutes 1974-1989; printed papers 1843-1990; Overseas Missions committee minutes 1934-1991; Youth Missionary Association minutes 1966-1978; Social Responsibility committee minutes 1974-1982; Wesleyan Day School minutes 1843-1907 and log book 1863-1885; Sunday School minutes and reports 1845-1892; *cutting from the Methodist Recorder giving a review of the life of the circuit, 1978 (accession 13640.3); *list of Circuit ministers, 1812-1947

Chapel records:
Alderton Chapel: minutes 1892-1964; accounts 1899-1966; register of baptisms 1971; correspondence about closure 1981-1983; registration certificate for marriages, 1906; worship certificate, 1899
Andoversford Chapel: minutes 1904-1993; accounts 1920-1985
Bishops Cleeve Chapel: minutes 1899-1986; deeds 1899-1978; accounts 1899-1983; agreement between the Trustees and Play Group, 1969 (accession 13640.3); Order of service of ropening and dedication, 1959; agenda and reports for annual church meeting, 1992; programme and photograph for stonelaying service, 1958; 25th anniversary souvenir programme, 1984; leaglet concerning extension scheme, 1988; programme for thanksgiving and rededication service, 1990; *Sunday School attendance register, 1961-1965
Charlton Kings Chapel: Sunday School minutes 1849-1992, journals 1861-1967 and registers 1845-1949
Cheltenham, Bethesda Chapel: register of marriages 1915-2004; ; *baptism register, 1859-1966; minutes 1857-1976; accounts 1869-1975; property papers 1991-1996; Sunday School accounts 1868-1886 and registers 1957-1980; annual reports 1950-1994; magazines 1968-1995; Young Wives' Group minutes 1967-1973; press photograph relating to chapel bazaar, 1914; leaflet relating to 160th birthday celebration, 1988; order of service for uniting St Matthew's and Bethesda, 1989; *Bethesda Wesleyan School: managers' or governors' minutes 1843-1907; log book 1865-1885
Cheltenham, King Street Primitive Methodist Chapel: minutes 1859-1935; deeds 1859-1878; accounts 1930-1934
Cheltenham, Royal Well Chapel: registers 1865-1931; minutes 1920-1930; collection accounts 1876-1909
Cheltenham, St George's Street Chapel: fundraising circular 1962; newsletter 1970; cassette recording the recollections of Mr S R Grove, 1978; Wesley Messenger, 1948
Cheltenham, St Mark's Chapel: minutes 1889-1972; accounts 1927-1959; minutes etc of societies 1948-1989; magazines 1983-1994; "The Messenger" newsletters Christmas 2005- Christmas 2011; "Our Community" 2010; minutes of the St Mark's Methodist sisterhood/St Marks Church Women's Fellowship (name changed September 1992), now defunct, 1977-2003; tape recordings of Brotherhood George Thomas' speeches, 1997; *Sisterhood members' registers, 1972-1985, 1986-1989; Women's Fellowship members' register, 1990-2002; *choir benevolent fund accounts, 1969-1979; *statistics relating to youth organisations at the church, 1970-1986; *junior church registers, 1985-1991; *minutes of church council and annual church meetings, 1974-1995; minutes of church family committee, 1974-1996; annual church meeting minutes and papers, 1984-2003; *papers including land registration, 1916-2009; programme for Open-Door Week, 1979
Cheltenham, St Matthew's Chapel: registers 1840-1989; minutes 1815-1972; register of members 1939-1985; committee minutes 1962-1989; sick visitation society accounts 1885-1973; Sunday School minutes 1959-1989; correspondence and other records 1910-1989; deeds 1789-1890; accounts 1814-1989; Sunday School registers 1817-1914, journals 1817-1968, minutes 1859-1912, 1959-1989 and accounts 1819-1971; choir records 1946-1968; annual reports 1866-1988; magazines 1973-1987;rder of service for the rededication of St. Matthew's as a shared place of worship, 1972; shared worship book, 1970s; *order of service for the rededication of St. Matthew's as a shared place of worship, 1972 (accession 13640.3)
Cheltenham, Station Primitive Methodist Chapel: minutes 1879-1915
Cheltenham, Swindon Road Chapel: register 1897-1963; minutes 1864-1964; accounts 1899-1963; Sunday School minutes 1873-1886 and admission registers 1860-1864
Cheltenham, Whaddon Chapel: registers of marriages 1944-1971, *1972-1988; register of members c.1970-1990; minutes 1938-1984; mission committee minutes 1974-1978; building papers 1937-1990; accounts 1937-1963; newsletters 1983-1994; Sunday School cradle roll 1934-1950; youth and community work 1941-1995
Didbrook Chapel: minutes 1914-1951
*Hawling Chapel: papers including land registration, 1912-2009; collection journals, 1883-1977
Northleach Chapel: minutes 1874-1885; accounts 1871-1886
Prestbury Chapel: register of baptisms 1971-1980; minutes 1970-1980; accounts 1976-1981; Sunday School accounts 1970-1981
Shipton Oliffe Chapel: register of marriages 1957-1990; church notice book 1987-1995; minutes 1936-1994; history 1939; financial reports 1978-1994
Staverton, Golden Valley Chapel: Sunday School register 1926-1932 and minutes 1852-1856
Winchcombe Chapel: minutes 1827-1988; deeds 1748-1794; accounts 1855-1968,*1971-1995; collection accounts 1962-1985; log book 1827-1937; church extension accounts and correspondence 1983-1987; printed history by F C Adey 1979; *bequest and gift papers and Sunday School report, 1990; *order of service for opening and dedication of extension, 1987 (accession 13640.3)
Winchcombe, Gretton Chapel: minutes 1920-1949; accounts 1846-1956; programme for concert by Celebration Singers, 1984
Withington Chapel: minutes 1878-1959; deed 1841
NotesAccessions 9583, 13012.3, 13106.3, 13335.1, 13522.4, 13640.3 and 13676.4 are uncatalogued
ArrangementThis collection was recatalogued in 2006. Previous reference numbers are given throughout the list, and a conspectus of old and new numbers is given as Appendix One at the end of the printed catalogue available in Gloucestershire Archives' searchroom

The records have been arranged as follows:

1 CIRCUIT RECORDS

Circuit records are loosely sub-divided into the following categories:
1/1 Registers and schedules
1/2 Minutes
1/3 Property
1/4 Trust schedules
1/5 Finance
1/6 Missions
1/7 Circuit plans and directories
1/8 Charities
1/9 Societies
1/10 Schools
1/11 Printed
1/12 Miscellaneous


2 CHAPEL RECORDS

Chapel records are listed numerically under individually named chapels and then further sub-divided into the following categories:
Registers and Schedules
Minutes
Property
Finance
Missions
Societies
Printed
Miscellaneous

The following chapels are included
2/1 Alderton
2/2 Andoversford
2/3 Ashton-under-Hill
2/4 Bishops Cleeve
2/5 Charlton Kings
2/6 Charlton Kings: Ryeworth Primitive Methodist
2/7 Cheltenham: Arle
2/8 Cheltenham: Bethesda
2/9 Cheltenham: King Street Primitive Methodist
2/10 Cheltenham: Royal Well
2/11 Cheltenham: Wesley Church, St George's Street
2/12 Cheltenham: St Mark's
2/13 Cheltenham: St Matthew's
2/14 Cheltenham: Station Primitive Methodist
2/15 Cheltenham: Swindon Road
2/16 Cheltenham: Whaddon
2/17 Cranham
2/18 Didbrook
2/19 Hawling
2/20 Northleach
2/21 Prestbury
2/22 Shipton Oliffe
2/23 Staverton: Golden Valley
2/24 Temple Guiting (including Kineton)
2/25 Turkdean
2/26 Winchcombe
2/27 Winchcombe Section (Winchcombe and surrounding villages)
2/28 Winchcombe: Greet
2/29 Winchcombe: Gretton
2/30 Withington
Admin HistoryTewkesbury and Cheltenham Methodist circuits merged in September 1991. Records dating wholly from after the merger are listed under D7028
Custodial HistoryDeposited by Cheltenham Methodist Circuit, 8 October 1976, 22 March and 26 November 1982, 15 March and 25 August 1983, 3 July 1984, 15 March 1985, 12 March and 21 November 1986, 4 March 1987, 14 October 1988, 7 February and 18 October 1989, and 8 October 1992; deposited by Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Methodist Circuit, 10 August 1994, 22 September 1995, 16 July and 7 August 1996; deposited by Bristol Methodist Church District, 4 October 1996 and 17 June 2003; deposited by the Methodist Circuit of Gloucestershire, 29 January, 30 April and 26 November 2013, 10 June, 11 July, 8 October, 3 December 2014 and 13 October 2015
Related Material[For records after 1991, see D7028 (Cheltenham and Tewkesbury circuit)]
Access ConditionsThese records are open for research
* denotes that this collection contains some uncatalogued records - please give us at least one week's notice of your visit if you would like to look at this material
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