Records of Bubwith Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Minutes of Preparative Meeting, 1818-1902 (2 vols.) [C 6, B 19]; Record of sufferings in Skipwith and Cottingwith, 1662-1815 (1 item) [A 9]; Birth notes, 1838-1872 [L 19]; Burial notes, 1837-1897 (2 vols.) [L 20.1-20.2]; Papers re. Skipwith burial ground, 1717-1755 (1 bundle) [B 30.7/1-3]; Papers re. Bubwith Meeting House, 1878-1912 (1 bundle) [B 30.2]

Administrative / Biographical History

Friends within this area of the East Riding were originally part of Selby Meeting, which had been settled by 1665 and was recorded in 1669 as a constituent of York Monthly Meeting. A separate Meeting seems to have emerged in Skipwith by 1670, when large numbers of Friends suffered distraint of goods for holding meetings for worship in the village. Of these, John Winder, George and Stephen Tomson, William Ward and Francis Herbert, all of Skipwith, were excommunicated in 1684 and imprisoned at York. Several Friends from East and West Cottingwith paid fines for non-payment of tithes during the 1680s. The Meeting had acquired a burial ground in Skipwith by 1717. Friends began to meet in Cottingwith in the late 18th century and the name of the Meeting was changed to reflect this in April 1773. A Meeting House was built in Cottingwith in 1789 and a burial ground opened the following year. The Meeting moved again in 1876 to neighbouring Bubwith and a small Meeting House was erected two years later. This was in use until the closure of the Meeting in 1912.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Clifford Street 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 in Clifford Street, York


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 75, Inventory of the records of Yorkshire General Meeting and York and Thirsk Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends' Meeting House, Clifford Street, York (1986)

Alternative Form Available

There is an additional microfilm copy of A 9

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 York Monthly Meeting

Additional Information

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