Papers of Elim Gospel Hall

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGH
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  • Physical Description
      0.5 l.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

The collection contains information about Elim Gospel Hall from a variety of sources. There are four noteooks containing minutes of meetings and timetables. There are numerous loose sheets - notes, deeds, receipts, photographs, solicitor documents, licences, surveyor plans and marriage/funeral notices. There is also a bundle of documents relating to the 94th Lancashire Missionary Conference. This collection would be of interest to those who wish to find out more about the history of the Brethren in north-west England.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mr James Aspin and ten believers including Mrs Shortridge, Mr and Mrs John Hargreaves, Mrs W. Bilsborough, Mr and Mrs James Aspin (of Livesey) and Mr William Lord formed a fellowship with the assembly at Victoria Street and decided to build a hall in Moorgate street which was opened in March 1980. Due to the increase in the congregation a larger hall was commissioned in 1910-1911. Building started on July 13th 1912 and was completed and opened on March 3rd 1913 and was named Elim Hall. The hall was built by Mr T. Henshaw, architect, and included a central hall with classrooms, giving accommodation for 500 persons. Many of the men from the Hall served in the first and second war and returned back to the hall to set up various camp work of mixed sexes, and held the title of "The Blackburn and District Assemblies Youth Camps"


The collection was organised into the following series:

  • Notebooks
  • News Sheets
  • Printed Items
  • 94th Lancashire Missionary Conference
  • Administrative Documents
  • Picture Postcards
  • Miscellaneous Documents

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Acquisition Information

The papers were donated by Ron Margerison in 2007.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


None expected.


Tim Grass, Gathering to his name: the story of the open brethren in Britain and Ireland (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2006)

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