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Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit

Reference: M/CW

Catalogue Title: Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit

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Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit (Ref: M/CW)Sunnybrow Methodist Church (Ref: M/CW )Registers of baptisms (Ref: M/CW 20, 135)

Register of baptisms, 29 July 1973-30 January 1983
Document format of M/CW 20


Register of baptisms, 6 March 1983-15 February 2009
Document format of M/CW 135

Dawson Street Methodist Church, Crook (Ref: M/CW)

Dawson Street and Hope Street Methodist Churches amalgamated to form the Crook Central Methodist Church in 1964

Trustees' minutes (Ref: M/CW)

Dawson Street Methodist Church, Crook, Trustees' minute book, 19 January 1949-6 November 1964
Document format of M/CW 12

Financial records (Ref: M/CW)

Account book, 20 November 1846-26 December 1868 Includes an inscription by William Trotter, Superintendent Registrar, giving notice that from 4 February 1861 the church was registered for solemnising marriages, 13 February 1861
Document format of M/CW 23


Receipted bill from John Proud to the trustees of Crook Primitive Methodist Church concerning the conveyance and protection from coal workings of a site for a chapel at Crook, 17 January 1867
Document format of M/CW 24


Receipted bill from John Proud to the trustees of Crook Primitive Methodist Church concerning negotiations for a mortgage on the Dawson Street Chapel, 15 September 1868
Document format of M/CW 25

Over Sixty Friendly Hour (Ref: M/CW)

Minute book of the Over- Sixty Friendly Hour, 25 November 1976 ­ 16 October 1990
Document format of M/CW 26


Account book of the Over-Sixty Friendly Hour, 1964 ­ October 1990
Document format of M/CW 27

Photographs (Ref: M/CW133)

Photograph of a mock wedding, 18 October 1950 Includes left to right: Back row: J. Smith; A. Bowes; A. Fawell; T. Hall; A. Turner; A. Bowser Front row: J. Elms; S. Turner; G. Downs; M. Corner; F. Waite; N. Hall; E. Maker; B. Nattrass; E. Stevens; J. Gardiner; E. M. Stevens
Document format of M/CW 133

Stanley Crook Methodist Church (Ref: M/CW)

Also known as Wooley Terrace Methodist Church and Mount Pleasant, Wooley Terrace Methodist Church

Photographs (Ref: M/CW)

Photograph of the 50th anniversary of the installation of the electric organ, 1971 Back row: Mr. Jack Ainsley of Crook; Mr. D. Baker; Miss Joan Armstrong of Billy Row; Rev. A. Bowes Front row: Mr. Thomas Simmons of Tow Law; Miss Nellie Birkbeck of Stanley; Mrs. Florrie Ayre (nee Birkbeck) of Billy Row; Mrs. Jean Cowing of Stanley
Document format of M/CW 130

Closure of the church, 2009 (Ref: M/CW)

Letters from friends and members of the church showing support after learning about its closure, 7-11 November 2009
Document format of M/CW 137

Registration (Ref: M/CW)

138/1


Stanley, Crook, Wooley Terrace Methodist Church register of baptisms, 23 September 1973 - 10 August 2008 Originally deposited together with D/X 1343
Document format of M/CW 138/1


Ad hoc list of baptisms signed by minister, 13 September 1970 - 11 March 1973 Originally enclosed with M/CW 138/1
Document format of M/CW 139

Cradle rolls (Ref: M/CW 134/1-4, 136)

Stanley Crook Methodist Church Cradle Roll, 23 December 1952-9 March 1964
Document format of M/CW 134/1


Stanley Crook Methodist Church Cradle Roll, 10 March 1964-24 September 1974
Document format of M/CW 134/2


Stanley Crook Methodist Church Cradle Roll, 4 October 1974-2 February 1997
Document format of M/CW 134/3


Stanley Crook Methodist Church Cradle Roll, 10 February 2000-5 December 2006
Document format of M/CW 134/4


Sunday School cradle roll, May 1935-23 November 1952
Document format of M/CW 136

Willington, Lydia Street (formerly Wesleyan) Methodist Church (Ref: M/CW 103-104)

For baptisms see also M/Cr 16-19, 317/1 and M/Wi 76
For marriages see M/D/Da 644-646 and M/MR 522/1-4


Baptism register, 3 January 1907 - 10 June 1936 and 8 July 1951 - 7 March 1982
Document format of M/CW 103


Sisterhood minute book, 11 September 1962 - 18 October 1993
Document format of M/CW 104

(Ref: M/CW 1/1­5-2-5)

Records of the Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit
(Formed by the amalgamation of the Crook Circuit
and the Willington Circuit in 1983)

(Acc: 1926(D))


Circuit plans, April 1989 ­ July 1990
Document format of M/CW 1/1­5


numbers not used

(Ref: M/CW 6)

Second Deposit

(Acc: 1831(D))


Preaching plan, 10 January ­ 3 April 1988
Document format of M/CW 6

(Ref: M/CW 7-9)

Third Deposit

(Acc: 1973(D))
Circuit Records

Crook Methodist Circuit
Amalgamated with Willington Circuit, 1 September 1983
See also: M/CR for earlier Crook Circuit records


Crook Circuit Steward' s account book, 9 September 1953 ­ 4 September 1963
Document format of M/CW 7


Crook Circuit Steward' s account book, 14 December, 1963 ­ 7 March 1973
Document format of M/CW 8


Crook Circuit Steward's account book, 6 June 1973 ­ 2 June 1982
Document format of M/CW 9

(Ref: M/CW 10-11)

Willington Methodist Circuit
Amalgamated with Crook Circuit, 1 September 1983
See also: M/Wi for earlier Willington Circuit records


Willington Circuit Steward' s account book, March 1971 ­ March 1981
Document format of M/CW 10


Willington Circuit Steward's account book, June 1981 ­ June 1983
Document format of M/CW 11

Individual Churches (Ref: M/CW 12-15)

Fir Tree Methodist Church baptisms register, 26 April 1964 ­ 20 May 1984
Document format of M/CW 13


Trinity Methodist Church, Howden-le-Wear Trustees' meeting minute book, 23 January 1956 ­ 27 March 1977 For enclosure see : M/CW/15
Document format of M/CW 14


A plan of the south boundary of Wesley Chapel, Howden-le-Wear [Originally enclosed in M/CW 14 beside the minutes of 27 November 1957] Scale:
Document format of M/CW 15

(Ref: M/CW 16-18)

Fourth Deposit

(Acc: 1996(D))
Willington Methodist New Connexion School


11 December 1875 (1) Gustavus Russell, Viscount Boyne of Brancepeth Castle (2) Robinson Ferens (coal owner), Thomas Dixon Stephenson (decorator), Henry Arrowsmith Brogdon (agent), Matthew Geldard (joiner), Michael Martin (deputy overman), George Hodgson (teacher), and George James (miner), all of Willington Lease for 99 years by (1) to (2) of 1327 sq. yds. of land in Willington (dimensions given and plan endorsed) for the erection of a school -house Rent: £1 p.a.
Document format of M/CW 16


28 December 1891 Memorandum of appointment of new trustees of Methodist New Connexion Sunday Schools in Willington
Document format of M/CW 17


28 December 1891 Licence from Gustavus Russell, Viscount Boyne, to Robinson Ferens and others to assign their interests in the residue of the 99 year lease to new trustees
Document format of M/CW 18

(Ref: M/CW 19)

Fifth Deposit

(Acc: 2011(D))
Newfield Methodist Church


Register of baptisms, 8 March 1959 ­ 27 October 1985
Document format of M/CW 19

(Ref: M/CW 21)

Sixth Deposit

(Acc: 2026 (D))
Crook Market Place Methodist Church (Formerly Crook Methodist New Connexion Church)


Brief history and programme of the centenary celebrations 1859­1959, 6­27 September 1959
Document format of M/CW 21

(Ref: M/CW 22)

Seventh Deposit

(Acc: 2040(D))
Individual Churches

Byers Green Central Methodist Church (formerly United Methodist)


Baptism register, 4 October 1934 ­ 10 November 1991
Document format of M/CW 22

Fir Tree Methodist Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist) (Ref: M/CW 28-30)

Trustees' minute book, 27 June 1910 ­ 17 July 1985
Document format of M/CW 28


Letter from trustees of the Fir Tree Methodist Church to the Registrar General relinquishing the appointment of an authorised person to perform marriages in the church, 6 November 197[5]
Document format of M/CW 29


Letter to the Rev. H. Taylor, vicar of Witton-le- Wear and Fir Tree, from the Rev. J. F. Collinson on behalf of the Fir Tree Methodist Church Council, confirming an agreement to make the Fir Tree Methodist Church available for the purpose of holding evensong on the last Sunday of each month, October 1980
Document format of M/CW 30

(Ref: M/CW 31-35)

Newfield, Stonebank Methodist Church (formerly Primitive Methodist)
(United with Challies Street Church in 1937)


Audited account book, 23 January 1925 ­ 8 September 1970
Document format of M/CW 31


Trustees' meetings minute book, 12 June 1930 ­ 12 May 1977
Document format of M/CW 32


Leaders' meetings minute book, 23 February 1937 ­ 12 November 1969
Document format of M/CW 33


Sunday School attendance and Golden Text register, 4 January 1953 ­ 10 February 1963
Document format of M/CW 34


Record of proposed new trustees for Newfield Methodist Church, 1 December 1967 ­ 10 April 1969
Document format of M/CW 35

Tow Law Methodist Church (Ref: M/CW 36)

Memorandum of the choice and appointment of new trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist School at Tow Law, 8 July 1914
Document format of M/CW 36

Willington Wesleyan Methodist Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist) (Ref: M/CW 37)

Collection journal, 15 November 1896 ­ 23 August 1908
Document format of M/CW 37

Witton-le-Wear Methodist Church (formerly Primitive Methodist) (Ref: M/CW 38-46)

Seat rent book, [?1905]­1908
Document format of M/CW 38


Collection journal, 7 June 1925 ­ 14 September 1935
Document format of M/CW 39


Sunday School attendance register for the girls' bible class, 7 January ­ 30 December 1934
Document format of M/CW 40


Sunday School attendance register for the junior girls' class, 5 January ­ 27 December 1936
Document format of M/CW 41


Sunday school attendance register for the primary boys' class, 3 January ­ 26 December, 1937
Document format of M/CW 42


Sunday School attendance register for the junior girls' class, 2 January ­ 25 December 1938
Document format of M/CW 43


Sunday School attendance register for the boys' first bible class, 1 January ­ 31 December 1939
Document format of M/CW 44


Sunday School attendance register for the junior girls' class, 1 January ­ 31 December 1939
Document format of M/CW 45


Sunday School attendance register for the junior boys' class, 1 January ­ 31 December 1939
Document format of M/CW 46

Miscellaneous (Ref: M/CW 47-49)

Missionary prayer manual of the Helpers' Union of the Methodist Missionary Society, 1939 ­ 1940
Document format of M/CW 47


Local preacher' s long service certificate presented to Edward Hall for forty years service, November 1963
Document format of M/CW 48


Poster advertising Bishop Auckland Agricultural Society, 3 September 1895
Document format of M/CW 49

(Ref: M/CW 50)

Eighth Deposit

(Acc: 2049(D))
Willington High Street Methodist Church (formerly Primitive Methodist)


"Book of Remembering" recording the names of the officials, members and ministers from the opening of the church, 14 August 1880 ­ 1968
Document format of M/CW 50

Willington Wesley Methodist Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist) (Ref: M/CW 51-55)

Collection journal, 23 October 1881 ­ 6 September 1896
Document format of M/CW 51


Collection journal, 30 August 1908 ­ 31 December 1919
Document format of M/CW 52


Collection journal, 28 December 1919 ­ 1 November 1936
Document format of M/CW 53


Collection journal, 8 November 1936 ­ 14 February 1960
Document format of M/CW 54


Sunday School teachers' attendance roll, 2 January 1938 ­ 26 December 1948
Document format of M/CW 55

(Ref: M/CW 56-69)

Ninth Deposit

(Acc: 2102(D))


Preaching plan, April 1988 ­ July 1988
Document format of M/CW 56


Worship plan, July 1988 ­ October 1988
Document format of M/CW 57


Worship plan, October 1988 ­ January 1989
Document format of M/CW 58


Worship plan, January 1989 ­ April 1989
Document format of M/CW 59


Worship plan, July 1990 ­ October 1990
Document format of M/CW 60


Worship plan, October 1990 ­ January 1991
Document format of M/CW 61


Worship plan, January 1991 ­ April 1991
Document format of M/CW 62


Worship plan, April 1991 ­ July 1991
Document format of M/CW 63


Worship plan, July 1991 ­ October 1991
Document format of M/CW 64


Worship plan, October 1991 ­ January 1992
Document format of M/CW 65


Worship plan and newsletter, January 1992 ­ April 1992
Document format of M/CW 66


Worship plan and newsletter, April 1992 ­ July 1992
Document format of M/CW 67


Worship plan and newsletter, July 1992 ­ October 1992
Document format of M/CW 68


Worship plan and newsletter, October 1992 ­ January 1993
Document format of M/CW 69

(Ref: M/CW 70-71)

Tenth Deposit

(Acc: 2100(D))


Circuit plan and directory, January 1984 ­ April 1984
Document format of M/CW 70


Circuit plan and directory, April 1985 ­ July 1985
Document format of M/CW 71

(Ref: M/CW 72-74)

Eleventh Deposit

(Acc: 2121(D))
Crook Central Methodist Church


Trust account book, 11 January 1965 ­ 5 April 1977 At end: Building fund and renovation fund accounts, 23 November 1965 ­ 1 May 1977
Document format of M/CW 72


Trust account book, 1 May 1977 ­ 7 May 1986 At beginning: list of income from collections and donations, 1 September 1974 ­ 24 March 1977
Document format of M/CW 73


Sunday school account book, 10 January 1965 ­ 1985
Document format of M/CW 74

(Ref: M/CW 75-80)

Twelfth Deposit

(Acc: 2137(D))
Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit


Minutes of the Crook and Willington circuit meeting, 7 September 1983 ­ 30 September 1992 Attached at end: Report to circuit meeting made by the superintendent minister concerning the closure of small chapels, 14 April 1994
Document format of M/CW 75


Minute of appreciation of secretary of the circuit meeting, c.1992 Originally enclosed in M/CW 75
Document format of M/CW 76


Circular letter from Superintendent Minister and Circuit Finance Secretary, concerning local preachers, c.1990 Originally enclosed in M/CW 75
Document format of M/CW 77


Circuit accounts, 1992 Originally enclosed in M/CW 75
Document format of M/CW 78


number not used Howden -le-Wear, Bridge Street Methodist Church


Minute book of society meetings, leaders ' meetings and church council meetings, 22 February 1933 ­ 24 September 1978
Document format of M/CW 80

Willington, Lydia Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Ref: M/CW 81-101)

Trustees' meetings minute book, 9 November 1938 ­ 5 February 1957
Document format of M/CW 81


Trustees' meetings minute book, 7 February 1957 ­ 4 March 1974
Document format of M/CW 82


Vigilant Band minute book, 19 April 1878 ­ 8 April 1898
Document format of M/CW 83


Trustees' accounts for the years ending 31 December 1945 and 31 December 1946 Originally enclosed in M/CW 80
Document format of M/CW 84


Programme for harvest festival celebrations, 1948; programme for Meet the Family, by John J. Melluish, performed at the November Fayre n.d.; and programme of concert at November Fayre, 25 November 1950 Originally enclosed in M/CW 80
Document format of M/CW 85/1,2


Correspondence concerning the November Fayre, 1965 ­ 1971
Document format of M/CW 86/1


Lists of money raised by the November Fayres, 1951 ­ 1973
Document format of M/CW 86/2­3


Correspondence concerning the renovation of the church, 1966 ­ 1971
Document format of M/CW 87


Ground plan and elevation of ' Wesleyan Church Willington Proposed New Porch', late 19th century Scale: 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 88


Ground plan of ' Proposed Alterations to the Wesleyan Chapel Willington', February 1923
Document format of M/CW 89


Ground plan and sections of proposed extension and alterations at Willington Church by Cordingley and McIntyre, Durham, October 1968 Scale: 1/8 inch to 1 foot [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 90


Sections of alterations to the Methodist church, Willington, by Cordingley and McIntyre, Durham, August 1969 Scale: 1/8 inch to 1 foot and 1/4 inch to 1 foot [1:96 and 1:48]
Document format of M/CW 91


Sections and details of alterations to the Methodist Church, Willington, by Cordingley and McIntyre, Durham, August 1969 Scales: 1/8 inch to 1 foot; 1/2 inch to 1 foot; 3 inches to 1 foot [1:96;1:24;1:4]
Document format of M/CW 92


Diagram of proposed electrical installation at the Methodist Church, Willington, 1960s Scales: 1:100 and 1:50
Document format of M/CW 93


Ground plan, sections and elevations of Wesleyan schools in Lydia Street, Willington, c.1896
Document format of M/CW 94


Ground plan, sections and elevations of suggested alterations at the Wesleyan Methodist Schools, Willington, by H.J. Gradon, Durham, 6 March 1897 Scale: 10 feet to 1 inch [1:120]
Document format of M/CW 95


' Willington W.M. School - Suggested Alterations to Plans' showing ground and first floor plans and longitudinal section, by H.J. Gradon, Durham, 20 March 1897 Scale: 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 96


Ground and first floor plans, longitudinal and transverse sections of proposed alterations to the Wesleyan Methodist Schools, Willington, by H.J. Gradon, Durham and marked ' Mr. Milburn's, Plan for Warming', 22 May 1897 Scale: 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 97


' Plan shewing Heating Apparatus ­ W.M. Schools, Willington', n.d. c.1897 Scale: 1/8 scale: [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 98


Rough sketch of proposed heating system at Willington Wesleyan Methodist Schools, c.1897 No Scale
Document format of M/CW 99


Ground plans and sections of proposed additions to the Wesleyan Methodist Schools at Willington, by H.J. Gradon, Durham, 15 November 1905 Scale: 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 100


Plan of proposed alterations to the Wesleyan Methodist Schools, Willington: the addition of a kitchen and w.c.s, n.d. [ c.1911] Scale: 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/CW 101

(Ref: M/CW 102)

Thirteenth Deposit

(Acc: 2174 (D))
Crook Central Methodist Church


Trustees' minute book, 29 September 1964 - 6 September 1983
Document format of M/CW 102

(Ref: M/CW 105-107)

Fourteenth Deposit

(Acc: 2194(D))
Byers Green Primitive Methodist Church


Trustees' minute book, 20 May 1873 - 7 July 1885
Document format of M/CW 105


Trustees' account book, 1 January 1909 - 29 August 1981
Document format of M/CW 106


Trustees' minute book, 9 November 1964 - 11 October 1976
Document format of M/CW 107

Willington Wesleyan Methodist Church (Ref: M/CW 108)

Young Wives' Fellowship minute book, 5 January 1954 - [23 October 1981]
Document format of M/CW 108

(Ref: M/CW 109-117)

Fifteenth Deposit

(Acc: 2200(D))
Tow Law Wesley Methodist Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist)


Register of marriages, 21 July 1885 - 27 February 1915
Document format of M/CW 109


Register of marriages, 6 June 1920 - 6 August 1949
Document format of M/CW 110


Register of marriages, 24 December 1949 - 16 March 1957
Document format of M/CW 111


Register of marriages, 23 March 1957 - 25 November 1961
Document format of M/CW 112


Register of marriages, 2 December 1961 - 6 November 1965
Document format of M/CW 113


Register of marriages, 12 March 1966 - 24 March 1973
Document format of M/CW 114


Certificate registering Tow Law Wesleyan Methodist Church as a place of worship, 11 February 1854
Document format of M/CW 115


Certificate registering Tow Law Wesleyan Methodist Church for the solemnization of marriages, 3 February 1885
Document format of M/CW 116


Notice from General Register Office of the requirement to amend the designated church name for the purposes of marriage registers and other records as a consequence of the Methodist Church Union Act, 1929, 13 April 1933
Document format of M/CW 117

(Ref: M/CW 118)

Sixteenth Deposit

(Acc: 2206(D)
Crook and Willington Methodist Circuit


Minute book of the steering committee of the stewardship campaign, 29 November 1988 - 8 May 1991
Document format of M/CW 118

(Ref: M/CW 119)

Tow Law Methodist Church
(Chapel closed, 3 April 1994)


Register of baptisms, 16 August 1962 - 1 August 1993 At end: note of funeral of Mrs. Eva Moore, 15 April 1994
Document format of M/CW 119

(Ref: M/CW 120-121)

Seventeenth Deposit

(Acc: 2225(D))
Willington Circuit
(Amalgamated with Crook Circuit 1 September 1983)


Programme for a pageant of bible women as an anniversary meeting for women's missionary work at Wesley Church, Willington, 13 October 1943
Document format of M/CW 120


Plans and directories, 14 July - 6 October 1991, 10 January 1993 - 3 July 1994
Document format of M/CW 121

(Ref: M/CW 122-124)

Eighteenth Deposit

(Acc: 3027(D))
North Bitchburn Methodist Church


Attendance register of North Bitchburn Methodist Sunday School, January 1922 - December 1926
Document format of M/CW 122


List of contributors to the electric light installation in North Bitchburn Methodist Church, October 1935
Document format of M/CW 123


Certificate of long service presented to James S. Peake, local preacher since 1917, February 1959
Document format of M/CW 124

(Ref: M/CW 125-126)

Nineteenth Deposit

(Acc: 3296(D))
Mount Pleasant, Wooley Terrace, Methodist Church


Long service certificate presented by Wooley Terrace Methodist Church Music Society to Nellie Birkbeck, the church organist, 17 May 1998
Document format of M/CW 125


Long service certificate presented by the Methodist Church Sunday School Department to Frederick William Birkbeck for 26 years ' service in the Wooley Terrace Methodist Sunday School, February 1936
Document format of M/CW 126

(Ref: M/CW 127-129)

Twentieth Deposit

(Acc: 3367(D))
Tow Law Methodist Church


Minute book of the Church Council, 22 October 1983 - 22 March 1994
Document format of M/CW 127


Correspondence, reports, agreements and contract relating to the inspection, letting and subsequent sale of the manse at 34 Greenways, Sunnybrow, Crook, 28 November 1984 - 21 September 2006
Document format of M/CW 128


' Keeping Faith with the Countryside - A Series of Events Encouraging Rural Partnerships in the North-East ', produced by the Churches' Regional Commission in the North-E ast, 2001
Document format of M/CW 129