Records of Todmorden Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of Preparative Meeting, 1737-1867 (2 vols.) [MM 4-5]; rough minutes, 1816-1837, 1855-1870 (3 vols.) [MM 6-8]; Minutes of Women's Preparative Meeting, 1707-1796 (2 vols.) [MM 2-3]; Index to registers, 1660-1828, compiled by Caleb Howarth, 1828 [P 38]; List of burials at Shewbroad burial ground, 1690-1807, compiled 1994, with related papers, 1915 (1 bundle) [AA 6/2]; Title deed re. Shewbroad burial ground, 1700 [AA 6/2]; Will of Anthony Crossley of Carr House, 1707 [AA 6/1]; Papers, 1784 onwards (1 bundle) [MM 10]

Administrative / Biographical History

Mankinholes Meeting was settled in the 1650s, after Thomas Goodaire and Thomas Taylor preached in the area. In 1665 it was recorded under the name of Brighouse and Mankinholes, within Pontefract Monthly Meeting. In 1669, it became independent of Brighouse, within Brighouse Monthly Meeting. Its members at that time included Thomas and Richard Sutcliffe, John Whaley, Richard Holden, John Fielding [Fielden], Joshua Smith and Henry Dyson. Meetings were held mainly at the Sutcliffe family farm in Mankinholes, until the first Meeting House was built in 1696 at Tenter Croft in Shewbroad. It was bought by Friends three years' later, enlarged in 1785 and in use until c.1811. In 1792, the name of the Meeting was changed to Todmorden and in 1807, it was transferred to Marsden Monthly Meeting, within Lancashire Quarterly Meeting. Friends began to meet in Todmorden in the early 19th century, purchasing land at Bank Top, Honeyholes in 1808, as the site for a Meeting House which opened in 1811. Its status was reduced to an Allowed Meeting in 1918, becoming a full Preparative Meeting again in 1929. It closed in 1964 and after this point the Meeting House was sold. The Meeting re-opened for the period 1983 to 1988, as part of Brighouse Monthly Meeting.


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 House, 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 Monthly Meeting

Additional Information

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