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Seaham Methodist Circuit

Reference: M/Sea

Catalogue Title: Seaham Methodist Circuit

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Seaham Methodist Circuit

Durham Coast and Peterlee Methodist Circuit
See M/Sea 16

Catalogue Contents

Seaham Harbour Primitive Methodist Circuit (Ref: M/Sea 1-5)

Quarterly meetings and Circuit Committee meetings minutes, 1893 - 1908 Infolded are: (1) Invitation to the 72nd Anniversary Services at Jubilee Methodist Church, 20 and 21 February 1960 (2) Seaham Methodist Circuit balance sheet for September quarter, 1959 (4 copies. 1 copy has historical notes taken from these minutes on the back)
Document format of M/Sea 1


Quarterly meetings and Circuit Committee meetings minutes, 1908 - 1917
Document format of M/Sea 2


Quarterly meetings and Circuit Committee meetings minutes, 1918 - 1929
Document format of M/Sea 3


Quarterly meetings minutes, 1929 - 1934 Related papers infolded include minutes of a Finance Committee meeting, 17 December, 1934
Document format of M/Sea 4


Bundle of miscellaneous 'Circuit documents'. Includes yearly property schedules; schedules of Sunday Schools, and of Christian Endeavour and other Young people's Devotional Societies; annual reports on the Sunday Schools in the circuit to The Methodist Sunday School Union (ex Primitive Methodist section); and papers relating to the building of a new church in Stewart Street, which include applications to the Sunderland and Newcastle District Building Committee to build a church, 1896, 1907, with other papers relating to trusteeship matters, 1896 - 1941
Document format of M/Sea 5

(Ref: M/Sea 6-10)

Seaham Harbour and Murton United Methodist Circuit
(Seaham Harbour United Free Methodist Churches Circuit before 1907, Seaham Harbour United Methodist Circuit 1907 - 1912, Seaham harbour and Murton United Methodist Circuit from 1912)


Quarterly meetings minutes, 1896 - 1902
Document format of M/Sea 6


Quarterly meetings minutes, 1902, 1912 - 1919 Includes minutes of 'a meeting to consider the amalgamation with the Murton Circuit...', 23 October, 1912
Document format of M/Sea 7


Quarterly meetings minutes, 1903 - 1911 (fragmentary)
Document format of M/Sea 8


Quarterly and Circuit Committee meetings minutes, 1920 - 1934, with related papers infolded including details of the proposed Seaham Circuit, n.d. and of the future working of Sunderland South-East Circuit, n.d.
Document format of M/Sea 9


Accounts, 1913 - 1919
Document format of M/Sea 10

Sunderland South Methodist Circuit (Ref: M/Sea 11)

Circuit plan, July - September, 1940
Document format of M/Sea 11

(Ref: M/Sea 12-15)

Sunderland South-East Methodist Circuit
See M/Sea 9

Seaham Methodist Circuit


Baptisms register, 1888 - 1942 Seaham Harbour Primitive Methodist Circuit until 1932, Seaham Harbour ex Primitive Methodist Circuit, 1932 - 1941, Seaham Methodist Circuit from 1941 Endorsed 'Primitive Methodist Chapel New Seaham'
Document format of M/Sea 12


Baptisms register, 1889 - 1948 Seaham Harbour Primitive Methodist Circuit until 1932, Seaham Harbour ex Primitive Methodist Circuit, 1932 - 1941, Seaham Methodist Circuit from 1941 Endorsed: 'Primitive Methodist Chapel Seaham Harbour'
Document format of M/Sea 13


Circuit plans, July 1941 - June 1964 Not a complete series
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Quarterly meetings minutes, 1947 - 1958 Includes minutes of Finance Committee, of General Purposes Committee and of General Purposes and Finance Committee. Also minutes of meeting of ladies to arrange a Circuit Tea, 6 April, 1950, and of meeting of choirmasters, 28 April, 1950 (1 volume) See also M/Sea 1, 5 and 9

(Ref: M/Sea 16)

Individual Churches

Cold Hesledon Methodist Church
(United Methodist Free Church before 1907, United Methodist Church, 1907 - 1932, Methodist Church from 1932)


Church, Leaders' and Society meetings minutes, 1903 - 1925, 1947 - 1965 Related papers infolded include a Durham Coast and Peterlee Circuit plan October 1959 - January 1960 See also M/Sea 17-18
Document format of M/Sea 16

(Ref: M/Sea 17)

Cold Hesledon and Seaham Harbour (Church Street, United Methodist Churches
(Methodist from 1932)


Baptisms register for Seaham Harbour, 1924 - 1933 and for Cold Hesledon, 1928 - 1933
Document format of M/Sea 17

Cold Hesledon, Seaham Stewart Street (Centenary), Seaham Parkside and Seaham Tempest Place (Bourne) Methodist Churches (Ref: M/Sea 18)

Baptisms register for Tempest Place Methodist Church, 1950 - 1957; for no.1 section of Seaham Circuit (i.e. Tempest Place Cold Hesledon and Stewart Street churches) 1958 - 1960; and for Parkside Methodist Church, 1962 - 1966, with one entry 1960
Document format of M/Sea 18

(Ref: M/Sea 19-20)

New Seaham, Cornish Street, Methodist Church
(formerly Wesleyan Methodist)
See also M/Sea 21 and 59


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1928 - 1962
Document format of M/Sea 19


Correspondence and related papers concerning the sale of the church and its reconditioning for use as a Methodist Youth Club and Community Centre, 1949 - 1960 Includes plan of alterations by W. L. Oliver, June 1950 Scale 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/Sea 20

New Seaham Cornish Street; New Seaham, Jubilee; Seaham Stewart Street (Centenary) and Seaham Tempest Place (Bourne) Methodist Churches (Ref: M/Sea 21)

Correspondence and related papers concerning the purchase of the freeholds of the sites of these churches, 1949 - 1956
Document format of M/Sea 21

(Ref: M/Sea 22-23)

New Seaham, Jubilee Methodist Church
(formerly Primitive Methodist)
See also M/Sea 1 and 21


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1895 - 1923 Includes minutes of Trustees and Chapel Committee
Document format of M/Sea 22


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1924 - 1952
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(Ref: M/Sea 24-39)

Seaham Church Street Methodist Church
(United Methodist Free Church before 1907, United Methodist Church, 1907 - 1932, Methodist Church from 1932)
See also M/Sea 17 and 40


Baptisms register, 1864 - 1904 Note: Overlaps with M/Sea 25. Entries not duplicated
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Baptisms register, 1898 - 1911 Note: Overlaps with M/Sea 24. Entries not duplicated
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Register of baptisms, 1950 - 1968
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Leaders' and Church meetings minutes, 1903 - 1915
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Leaders' and Church meetings minutes, 1915 - 1921
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Leaders' and Annual Society meetings minutes, 1942 - 1959, with related papers infolded
Document format of M/Sea 29


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1874 - 1901
Document format of M/Sea 30


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1901 - 1914 Includes minutes of meetings of the Grand Egyptian Fair and Bazaar Committee, 1901, with related papers infolded
Document format of M/Sea 31


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1914 - 1940, with related papers infolded
Document format of M/Sea 32


Registers of members, c.1876 - c.1920
Document format of M/Sea 33


Accounts, 1896 - 1907 Includes balance sheet (printed) for the year ending 2 April, 1896 and promises towards New Church Building Fund, 1904
Document format of M/Sea 34


Accounts, 1907 - 1909 Related papers infolded includes a financial statement (printed) from 3 April, 1904, to 15 June, 1907. This includes an appeal for funds to clear debt
Document format of M/Sea 35


Class book, 1952 - 1955
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Class book, 1959 - c.1961
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Correspondence and related papers concerning trusteeship matters. Mainly relate to alterations to the basement and schoolroom, 1947 - 1957
Document format of M/Sea 38


Plans of the church before alterations, by S. W. Milburn & Partners, Sunderland, 1952
Document format of M/Sea 39

Seaham Church Street and Parkside Methodist Churches (Ref: M/Sea 40)

Class book, n.d., c.1962 - 1963
Document format of M/Sea 40

(Ref: M/Sea 41-43)

Seaham Parkside Methodist Church
See also M/Sea 18, 40 and 58


Correspondence and related papers concerning the acquisition of a site for the church, 1944 - 1955 Includes correspondence concerning the sale of part of the site to Durham County Council for an Ambulance Depot and Civil Defence Centre, 1955
Document format of M/Sea 41


Building Fund accounts, 1952 - 1962, with related papers infolded
Document format of M/Sea 42


Class book, 1954
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(Ref: M/Sea 44-49)

Seaham Stewart Street (Centenary) Methodist Church
(formerly Primitive Methodist)
See also M/Sea 5, 18, 21 and 50


Leaders' meetings minutes, 1959 - 1960
Document format of M/Sea 44


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1924 - 1950 Includes minutes of meetings of the Trustee and Chapel Committee
Document format of M/Sea 45


Four plans of the church, architect not given, n.d. Scales: 3/8 inch to 1 foot [1:32] and 1/4 inch to 1 foot [1:48] Includes also bills for building materials from the Marquis of Londonderry to the trustees of Seaham Harbour Primitive Methodist Mission (2, 1896)
Document format of M/Sea 46


Specification and description of the organ to be installed in the church by H.J. Nelson & Co., organ builders, Durham, 13 January 1913
Document format of M/Sea 47


Plan of proposed heating apparatus by Emley & Sons Ltd., heating and ventilating engineers, Newcastle upon Tyne, n.d. Scale 8 feet to 1 inch [1:96]
Document format of M/Sea 48


Correspondence and related papers concerning a loan from the Methodist Chapel Aid Association to restore the church hall and to purchase the freehold of the church site, 1949 - 1957
Document format of M/Sea 49

Seaham Stewart Street (Centenary) and Seaham, Tempest Place (Bourne) Methodist Churches (Ref: M/Sea 50)

Roll book, 1953 - 1955
Document format of M/Sea 50

(Ref: M/Sea 51-53)

Seaham, St. John's Methodist Church
(formerly Wesleyan Methodist)


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1894 - 1912 Includes accounts, 1893 - 1911
Document format of M/Sea 51


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1913 - 1915, with accounts, 1915 - 1928
Document format of M/Sea 52


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1915 - 1951
Document format of M/Sea 53

(Ref: M/Sea 54-58)

Seaham Tempest Place (Bourne) Methodist Church
(formerly Primitive Methodist)
See also M/Sea 18, 21 and 50


Leaders' meetings minutes, 1928 - 1959
Document format of M/Sea 54


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1899 - 1916
Document format of M/Sea 55


Trustees' meetings minutes, 1916 - 1928
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Trustees' meetings minutes, 1929 - 1960
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Correspondence and related papers concerning the sale of the church and the establishment of a church at Parkside, 1948 - 1960, with details of church deeds held by the Primitive Methodist Chapel Aid Association, 1903
Document format of M/Sea 58

(Ref: M/Sea 59)

Seaham Colliery Wesleyan Methodist Church and New Seaham Methodist Church (Cornish Street)
(formerly Wesleyan Methodist)


Baptisms register for Seaham Colliery, 1870 - 1882 and New Seaham, 1882 - 1946
Document format of M/Sea 59

Manses (Ref: M/Sea 60)

'Circuit house account book' for the Primitive Methodist manse, 1896 - 1931
Document format of M/Sea 60

Unspecified Churches (Ref: M/Sea 61)

Church and Leaders' meetings minutes, 1924 - 1946, with related papers infolded. (A former United Methodist Church)
Document format of M/Sea 61

(Ref: M/Sea 65)

Seaham Methodist Circuit

Second Deposit


Preachers' Plan and Order of Services, April 1975
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Plan and order of services, July - September 1979
Document format of M/Sea 65

(Ref: M/Sea 66-67)

Seaham Methodist Circuit

Fourth Deposit
Seaham United Methodist Circuit


Circuit Meeting minute book, 16 March 1920 - 1911, October 1922 - 11 June 1928
Document format of M/Sea 66


Seaham Harbour and District Sunday School Union minute book, 17 December 1899 - 17 June 1916; 29 March 1919 - 18 March 1941; 20 March 1945 - 12 January 1962
Document format of M/Sea 67

(Ref: M/Sea 68-69)

Cold Hesledon Methodist Church
(United Methodist Free Church before 1907)


Register of baptisms, 1 May 1893 - 30 August 1903
Document format of M/Sea 68


Account book, Cold Hesledon Trust, n.d. [1946] - 31 December 1949; 1 January 1960 - 30 April 1972
Document format of M/Sea 69

Church Street Methodist Church. Seaham (Ref: M/Sea 70-77)

Trustees' minute book, 22 January 1952 - 14 May 1970 For enclosures see M/Sea 71, 74, 76-77
Document format of M/Sea 70


Trustees' meeting minutes, 6 May 1968 Originally enclosed in: M/Sea 70 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 70
Document format of M/Sea 71


Society Meeting minutes, 28 January 1960 - 12 December 1968 For enclosure see M/Sea 75
Document format of M/Sea 72


Roll book for unspecified youth group, 4 September 1945 - 21 May 1960
Document format of M/Sea 73


Note by Rev. J.M. Yellowley concerning the membership of John Gillis Roberts, 29 May 1964 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 70
Document format of M/Sea 74


Leaflet concerning Anglo Methodist Conversations, n.d. [1960's] Originally enclosed in M/Sea 72
Document format of M/Sea 75


Visiting list, n.d. Originally enclosed in M/Sea 70
Document format of M/Sea 76


Regulations governing relations between caretaker and Trustees of Church Street Methodist Church, Seaham, n.d. Originally enclosed in M/Sea 70
Document format of M/Sea 77

(Ref: M/Sea 78-90)

Steward Street Centenary Church, Seaham
(formerly Primitive Methodist)


Trustees' minute book, 11 February 1951 - 28 September 1971 For enclosures see M/Sea 82-86, M/Sea 88-90
Document format of M/Sea 78


Account book including Renovation fund accounts, March 1958 - 26 January 1971 For enclosure see M/Sea 87
Document format of M/Sea 79


Collection journal, 7 June 1953 - 9 November 1969 For enclosure see M/Sea 81
Document format of M/Sea 80


Bank Statement of Centenary Methodist Church Society Fund in account with Martins Bank Ltd., Church Street, Seaham, 20 November 1969 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 80
Document format of M/Sea 81


Letter from L. Vincent of Vincent Organ Company Ltd., Sunderland, to S. Hill Esq. concerning organ, 26 January 1970 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 82


Correspondence from Nelson and Co. Organ builders, Durham, to Mr. S. Hill, Trust Secretary, concerning sale of Stewart Street Methodist Church organ, 18 April 1970, 30 June 1971 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 83(i-ii)


Correspondence from T. Wetherall and Sons Ltd., Sunderland, roofing contractor and Smith Bros. Plumbing and Heating Engineers, Houghton-le-Spring, to Mr. S. Hill and Trustees of Centenary Church concerning heating and maintenance of church and schoolroom, 28 November 1966, 14 July 1967, 15 August 1967 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 84(i-iii)


Report of Survey on school room, 27 April 1967 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 85(i-iii)


Letter from Ian M.R. Wills, Wesley House, Newcastle upon Tyne, to unidentified recipient concerning centenary pastoral care, 6 November 1969 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 86


Correspondence from Brinley R. Griffiths to Mr. Baily concerning insurance of Centenary Chapel, Stewart Chapel, Seaham Harbour and Old Chapel, Stewart Street, Seaham Harbour, 6 January 1971, 8 January 1971 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 79
Document format of M/Sea 87(i-iv)


Letter from E. Galilee, former employee to Mr. Hill, concerning termination of employment and pay, n.d. Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 88


Letter of application from Mrs. K. Barstead, Seaham, to unspecified person, applying for post of chapel cleaner, 29 March 1968 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 89


Letter from Joseph G. Partridge, Seaham, Secretary of Seaham Table Soccer Association, to Mr. Baily, requesting use of Church Hall in Stewart Street, 1 October n.y. Originally enclosed in M/Sea 78
Document format of M/Sea 90

New Seaham Wesleyan Methodist Church (Ref: M/Sea 91)

Trustees' account book, 22 January 1931 - 4 July 1952
Document format of M/Sea 91

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Seaham Harbour (Ref: M/Sea 92-96)

Register of baptisms, 17 September 1876 - 29 April 1929
Document format of M/Sea 92


Register of baptisms, 19 May 1929 - 19 July 1942
Document format of M/Sea 93


Collection journal, 10 September 1922 - 24 February 1924 For enclosure see M/Sea 96
Document format of M/Sea 94


Collection journal, 31 December 1961 - 26 May 1974
Document format of M/Sea 95


Order of service for Civic Service, 8 July 1956 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 94
Document format of M/Sea 96

(Ref: M/Sea 97-105)

New Seaham Jubilee Methodist Church
(formerly Primitive Methodist)


Leaders' meetings and Society meetings minute book, 3 March 1943 - 25 February 1962
Document format of M/Sea 97


Account book, 17 January 1894 - December 1919; January 1921 - 31 December 1927
Document format of M/Sea 98


Account book, 17 January 1894 - December 1927. Secretary's copy For enclosure see M/Sea 104
Document format of M/Sea 99


Account book, 1 January 1928 - 28 December 1947
Document format of M/Sea 100


Collection journal, 3 December 1922 - 9 August 1932
Document format of M/Sea 101


Collection journal, 14 August 1932 - 1 July 1944 For enclosure see M/Sea 105
Document format of M/Sea 102


Collection journal 2 July 1944 - 17 February 1974
Document format of M/Sea 103


Certificate of Baptism into Wesleyan Methodist Church of Janson Powell Walker 2 April 1910 Originally enclosed in M/Sea 99
Document format of M/Sea 104


Programme for concert, 19 October n.y. Originally enclosed in M/Sea 102
Document format of M/Sea 105