Records of Huby Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of Preparative Meeting, 1775-1847 (3 vols.) [A 16.1-16.3]; Minutes of Women's Preparative Meeting, 1784-1802, 1831 (2 vols.) [A 17.1-17.2]; Birth notes, 1805-1840 (2 vols.) [K 6.1; L 6]; Burial notes, 1822-1844 (2 vols.) [L 6-7]; Ordnance Survey map of Huby, 1911 [III 9.5/5]

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Quakers in this area of the North Riding were Valentine Johnson and Thomas Wedall of Crayke, who were convinced by the preaching of William Dewsbury around 1652. Two years later, Jane Wilkinson was imprisoned for preaching in the church at Crayke, and William Dewsbury was also arrested at a meeting of Friends in the hamlet. Alexander Hebblethwaite and Richard Vause of Huby were imprisoned for non-payment of tithes in 1662. There was a burial ground in Crayke by 1661, which was in use until c.1755. A settled Meeting is recorded in 1669 as part of Thirsk Monthly Meeting, under the name of Crayke, and including Sutton, Huby, Tollerton, Tholthorpe and Stillington. Its members included Valentine Johnson, John Lupton, James Cookson, George Fallowfield, Richard Smith, Richard Dobson, Josiah Cookson, [Mach] Todd, John Taylor and William Woodworth. At some point between 1710 and 1773, the Meeting changed its name to Huby; this may have followed the construction of a Meeting House in the High Street in 1712. Huby Meeting was transferred to York Monthly Meeting in 1827 and discontinued in 1851.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Clifford Street Meeting House

Conditions Governing Access

The conditions of deposit include a clause requiring written prior permission from a Friend Custodian for access to consult current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old

Acquisition Information

The collection of archives of the Society of Friends formerly held at the Friends Meeting House in Clifford Street, York


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 75, Inventory of the records of Yorkshire General Meeting and York and Thirsk Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends' Meeting House, Clifford Street, York (1986)

Alternative Form Available

There are additional microfilm copies of A 16.1-3, A 17.1-2

Conditions Governing Use

As with access, the photocopying of current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old requires the permission of a Friend Custodian

Related Material

Related material in Leeds University Library: Records of Thirsk and York Monthly Meetings

Additional Information

The records are deposited and remain the property of the Society of Friends