Mitchley Hill Chapel Records

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MHC
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  • Physical Description
      0.5 l.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the records of the Trustees and Elders of Mitchley Hill Chapel. It consists of minute books, administrative documents, accounts and a hymn book.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mitchley Hill Chapel grew out of the activities of a small group of Christians who had been holding a regular Sunday Schools in their home in the Sanderstead district of South Croyden, and had established outreach meetings in local houses for prayer and bible study. Eventually land in the area was procured with the help of the Laing family, and a fundraising effort established to build and furnish a chapel. The chapel was officially opened in January 1958. Starting with a membership of 35, this grew to 60 in the first year and 100 within three years. Substantial additions were made to the building in 1963 and 1980, and a separate Youth Hut built in the mid-sixties. As well as Sunday worship, a successful Woman's Hour was established, meeting on Tuesday afternoons and later a more short-lived Men's Group.

The Chapel was established as an independent autonomous congregation on Brethren principles, with no full-time leadership, a breaking of bread service on Sunday, along with Sunday School and bible classes.


  • Trustees Records
  • Elders Records
  • Printed Book

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

David Rogers

Conditions Governing Use

An embargo of fifty years (from 2015) applies to any material referring to the Trustees themselves. There is a list of the Trustees contained in the first box of contents (attached to a copy of the 'Donation Agreement').

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Custodial History

The collection was deposited at University of Manchester by David Rogers in September 2015 on behalf of himself and Howard West in thier capacity as Trustees of the Mitchley Hill Chapel.


Some of the records have been held back by the Trustees and will be deposited at a later date.


Tim Grass, Gathering to his Name (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2006).

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