Records of Dacre Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of Preparative Meeting, 1701-1878 (6 vols.) [C 4.0-4.5]; Minutes of Women's Preparative Meeting, 1710/11-1862 (3 vols.) [B 5.1-5.3]; Birth notes, 1850-1874 (1 vol.) [L 14]; Burial notes, 1836-1886 (3 vols.) [L 5.1-5.2, 12]; Plan of Darley burial ground, no date [III 9.41]; Papers re. Darley Meeting House, 1928-1950 (1 bundle) [B 30.3]; Borrowers' register and catalogue for Friends Meeting Library, 1852-1884 (1 vol.) [L 4]

Administrative / Biographical History

Christopher Taylor was the first to preach the Quaker message in Dacre, but no date is given for this. The sufferings of local Friends are recorded by Besse from 1660 onwards; several were imprisoned in January 1683 by Wetherby Sessions for not attending church and refusing to take the oath of allegiance. Netherdale Meeting, based at Dacre, is first recorded in 1665 as part of Skipton Monthly Meeting. In 1669 it became a constituent of Knaresborough Monthly Meeting. Its leading members were Henry Settle, Miles Oddy, Peter Hardcastle and John Bainbridge, and they met in private houses, such as Hardcastle Garth, for almost three decades. Two plots of land were given to Friends for a burial ground in Dacre in 1697; a Meeting House built the previous year was sited on one of these plots. Friends from Knaresborough joined the Meeting in 1792. The state of the building at Dacre after more than a century influenced Friends to move to Darley and erect a new Meeting House in 1802. This was partly funded by the sale of the burial ground at Stanbury. The name of the Meeting was changed to Darley to reflect this move. In 1853 it became part of York Monthly Meeting. The Meeting declined in numbers and by 1880, Friends were meeting at the home of Thompson Walker at Birstwith. The Meeting was discontinued in 1887, but it was not until 1950 that the Meeting House was sold.


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

Access Information

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)

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 Settle, Knaresborough and York Monthly Meetings

Additional Information

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