Records of Newton-in-Bowland Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Register of births, marriages and burials, 1654-1780 (1 vol.) [H 25]; including testimonies of disownment; Burial notes, including for Newton, 1882-1896 (1 vol.) [SE 12]; Title deeds and related documents for Newton burial ground, 1692/3-1969 (8 items) [U 12/1-6, 12A; U 11]; Title deeds and related documents for Newton Meeting House, 1776-1946 (11 items) [U 9/2-9, 12-13; U 11]; Ordnance Survey maps covering Newton, 1908 (2 items) [U 9/10-11]; Ordnance Survey map of Newton, 1910 [LL 80]; Order of Skipton Quarter Sessions for licence for Newton Meeting House, 1769 [U 9/1]; Visitors' book for Newton Meeting House, 1967-1987 [U 9/14]; Papers, 1963-1993 [U 9/15]

Administrative / Biographical History

This area of the West Riding was visited by a number of First Publishers of Truth in succession, beginning in spring 1653. Thomas Vears and Christopher Atkinson were the first to hold meetings there, in Newton and Easington; amongst those convinced were James Bond and Cuthbert Hayhurst. William Dewsbury followed shortly afterwards, staying at the homes of John Crosdale, Richard Leigh and Cuthbert Hayhurst, and preaching in the local villages. John Audland also held a meeting at Richard Leigh's house. Cuthbert Hayhurst went on to become a minister and together with other local Friends, formed a Meeting based in Newton. This was first recorded in 1669 as part of Settle Monthly Meeting. A Meeting House was built in 1698 at Pighill Head and rebuilt in 1767, at the same time as a Friends school was founded in the village. In 1853 the Meeting was transferred to Brighouse Monthly Meeting, and discontinued two years later. It reopened as an Allowed Meeting in 1871 and had become a Preparative Meeting by the time of its closure in 1922. It briefly operated as an Allowed Meeting again for the period 1943 to 1948, as part of the re-formed Settle Monthly Meeting.


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 Settle and Brighouse Monthly Meetings, and Newton School

Additional Information

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