Records from the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarvon

Scope and Content

Records of the General Assembly of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion, 1872-1960; records of Arfon Calvinistic Methodist Presbytery, Caernarfon, 1844-1977; private papers, [1930s]-[1940s]; Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency papers, 1898-1962; chapel magazines, etc., 1888-1932; and periodicals, 1837-1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion was made up of groups of Methodist churches organised into circuits, with a superintendent minister. Several circuits form a district or Presbytery. The Connexion as a whole met as a General Assembly. Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, lay within the Arfon Prebsytery, and was the base of the Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency, printers and book distributors, and the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom (Llyfrfa Methodistiaid). The Bookroom became the place of deposits for many papers relating to Calvinistic Methodism, including both church records and private papers (including letters from Anthropos). J. W Edwards was in charge of the Llyfrfa Methodistiaid from the 1930s and 1940s, and appears to have actively sought archival material.


Arranged into the following: General Assembly of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion; records of the Calvinistic Methodist Presbytery (Arfon); private papers; records of the Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency; chapel magazines, etc; and periodicals.

Access Information

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Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Records from the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarvon; Williams, William, Welsh Calvinistic Methodism: A historical sketch of the Presbyterian Church of Wales. 3rd. ed. (Bryntirion: Bryntirion Press, [1998]); The Methodist Church in Wales website ( viewed 27 July 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caernarvon Record Office have been retained. The periodicals were transferred to the periodicals section and the newspapers to the newspaper section of the Library.


Accruals are not expected.

Geographical Names