Records of Bingley Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of Preparative Meeting, 1965-1978 (1 vol.) [H 200]; Minutes of Elders and Overseers Meetings, 1960-1976 (1 vol.) [H 201]; Papers, c.1967-1978 (1 bundle) [H 202]

Administrative / Biographical History

There were Friends in Bingley from as early as 1664, when Jonas Bottomley and his children were imprisoned for non-payment of tithes. In 1682 John Eastburne, Richard Shackleton, Joshua Bottomley, John Milner, Richard Walker and William Frankland, all of Bingley, were committed to York Castle by the Quarter Sessions in Wakefield for refusing to take the oath of allegiance. There is also evidence of a Meeting House and burial ground in Sleningford Road, Crossflatts in the early part of the 18th century. The burial ground was owned by Timothy Maud (died 1734) and includes the burials of several members of the Maud, Lister, Taylor and Shackleton families. New premises were acquired on Elm Tree Road in 1753 and were in use for worship until around 1800. Local Friends were members of Keighley Preparative Meeting, which occasionally met in Bingley. It was not until 1958 that Bingley opened as an Allowed Meeting in its own right, becoming a Preparative Meeting a year later. It was part of Brighouse Monthly Meeting and met in Southfield Road from 1964 until its closure in 1978.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill 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 at Carlton Hill, Leeds


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 99, Inventory of the records of Brighouse, Knaresborough, Leeds, and Settle Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends Meeting Housem, Carlton Hill, Leeds, 2nd edition, 1997

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 Brighouse and Knaresborough Monthly Meetings

Additional Information

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