Records of Leeds: Great Wilson Street Friends First Day School

Scope and Content

Minutes of teachers' meetings, 1852-[1868] & 1868-1892 (4 vols.) [O 11/2-3 (to 1868 only); S 5-6]; including printed annual reports; Minutes of Band of Hope, 1883-1904 (4 vols.) [S 7-10]; Attendance registers and certificates of abstention, Band of Hope, 1868-1938 (6 vols. & 1 bundle) [S 11-15, 57, 16]; Junior Friends First Day logbook, 1940-1942 [S 64]; Library borrowers' register, c.1882-1893 [S 21]; Notices re. right holding of meeting for worship, no date (1 bundle) [DD 5]; Plan of small Meeting House, shed and committee room/school, Camp Lane Court, with specifications of work , 1844 & [1859] (3 items) [DD 4]

Administrative / Biographical History

A bible class for children was first given by Joseph Tatham during the years 1832 to 1841. This took place on Sundays in the school premises at Camp Lane Court Meeting House. This developed into a formal First Day School, established in 1847, and with 56 scholars by the end of 1858. In 1859, the school acquired new enlarged premises and expanded its work to include classes for girls. An Adult School began in the same year. The school stayed in the local area after Leeds Meeting moved to Carlton Hill in 1868, and alternative accommodation was found in Fleece Lane. A Band of Hope and a library were set up. In 1877, the First Day School moved with the Adult School to a new building on Great Wilson Street. There is no evidence of the school continuing after the move to Beeston Hill in 1946.


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 Leeds: Carlton Hill Preparative Meeting, Leeds: Beeston Hill Preparative Meeting; Leeds: Beeston Hill Friends Adult School; Leeds: Great Wilson Street Friends Christian Union, Leeds: Great Wilson Street Young People's Society of Christian Endeavour, and Leeds Friends First Day Schools


S. Southall, The story of the Leeds Adult Schools (Leeds and District Adult School Union, 1909)

Additional Information

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