Records of the Church of England York Incorporated Sunday School Committee

Scope and Content

Records relating to the setting up and running of several Church of England Sunday Schools in York. The collection includes meeting minutes, papers relating to finances and the management of school buildings, school registers, library materials and teaching materials. This collection also includes the records of the John Dodsworth Educational Trust, some schools of which the Committee managed.

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Sunday School Committee was founded in 1786 largely by William Richardson who ministered at St Michael-le-Belfrey, and consisted of several members of the clergy and laymen. The committee opened 10 schools for boys and girls. By 1841 over 1000 pupils attended eight of the schools. By the 1950's they began to decline and became closer to that of the modern Sunday schools. The committee also managed three schools set up by the John Dodsworth Educational Trust.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.

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