Records of Leeds: Pontefract Lane Friends Adult School

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1870-1962 (4 vols.) [O 101-102.8]; Minutes of Temperance Society, 1892-1933 (1 vol.) [O 103]; Minutes of Friends Christian Union, later Christian Fellowship Meeting, 1927-1981 (2 vols.) [O 112-113]; Register of members, 1869-[1883] [O 110]; Account books and other financial records, including of Recreation and Social Club, Band of Hope, Sick Fund and School Fund, 1894-1983 (8 items) [O 104.1-109]; Papers, 1880-1960 (2 bundles) [O 111; KK 15].

Administrative / Biographical History

This was originally known as the Leeds Friends Sunday School and met at Mill Street, Bank, from 1869 until 1874. It was run by John Hall Thorpe and T. Benson Pease Ford, and began classes for adults in a relatively small way. A First Day School was created at the same time. After moving to the Miners Institute on York Road however, it soon became the largest Adult School in Leeds. It was known as York Road Friends Adult School until 1890, when the school moved into new premises funded by the Harvey family, in Pontefract Lane, off York Road. Its new name was Pontefract Lane Friends Adult School. It had 404 members, both men and women, in 1902.


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 other Leeds Friends Adult Schools, Leeds Friends Adult Schools Central Committee and Leeds and District Adult School Sub Union


S. Southall, The story of the Leeds Adult Schools (Leeds and District Adult School Union, 1909)

Additional Information

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