Records of Leeds: Beeston Hill Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of (Sub-) Preparative Meeting, 1878-1895, 1909-1942 (5 vols.) [S 1-2, 52-54]; Minutes of Premises Committee, 1910-1919 (1 vol.) [S 3]; Committee on collections in Sunday evening meetings, 1925 (1 item) [S 59]; List of members and attenders, c.1895-1899 [S 4]; Subscriptions book, 1902-1915 [S 55]; Collections book, 1916-1960 [S 36]; Correspondence and papers re. Industrial Crisis Relief Fund, 1926-1927 (1 bundle) [S 60]; Accounts, 1947-1961 (1 bundle & 1 vol.) [S 40, 44]; Bank pass books, 1950-1961 (2 vols.) [S 41-42]; Cash receipt books, 1952-1960 (9 vols.) [S 45]; Pocket book containing register of attendance at evening meeting, 1909-1910, women's monthly tea accounts, 1909-1912, and caretaker's diary of meetings, 1909-1917 (1 vol.) [S 62]; Jubilee celebration programme, 1927 [S 63]; Miscellaneous papers, c.1911-1940, 1869-1967 (3 bundles) [S 58, 65-66]

Administrative / Biographical History

An Allowed Meeting, based at Fleece Lane in Leeds, opened in 1870, within Brighouse Monthly Meeting. This was attached to the new Adult School, opened in 1868 when the main Meeting moved to its new Meeting House at Carlton Hill. New premises were built in 1877 and the name of the school and its meeting for worship changed to Great Wilson Street. It became a Sub-Preparative Meeting in 1905, a full Preparative Meeting in 1920, and was part of the newly formed Leeds Monthly Meeting from 1924. The Meeting moved to Beeston Hill in 1946, changing its name accordingly, and was discontinued in 1960.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill 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 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 and Leeds Monthly Meetings, Leeds: Carlton Hill Preparative Meeting, Leeds: Beeston Hill Friends Adult School, and Leeds: Great Wilson Street Friends First Day School


See W. Allott, "Leeds Quaker Meeting", in Thoresby Society Miscellany, vol.14 part 1, 1966, p. 61

Additional Information

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