Records of Leeds: Great Wilson Street Friends Christian Union

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1876-1917 (4 vols.) [S 22-25]; including lists of members to 1888 and minutes of Overseers meetings, 1904-1915; List of members, 1899-1911 [S 26]; Attendance registers for primary department and young men's class, Mission Room, 1915-1920 & c.1924 (2 vols.) [S 18-19]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Friends Christian Union was established at Fleece Lane Friends Adult School in April 1876 and had about 100 members initially. It held monthly meetings on Sundays, after meeting for worship, and a quarterly fellowship meeting. Its rules for membership were that applicants should 'admit having experienced a change of heart' and could demonstrate evidence of this in their daily lives, and that they wished 'to unite in worship with the congregation in Fleece Lane'. The Union continued after the Adult School moved to Great Wilson Street. A Mission Room was established by the Union at Great Wilson Street. There are no minutes for the Union after 1917, and records of the Mission Room's classes end ca.1924.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill Meeting House

Conditions Governing Access

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 Leeds: Beeston Hill Friends Adult School, Leeds: Great Wilson Street Friends First Day School and Leeds: Beeston Hill Preparative Meeting

Additional Information

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