Records of Wakefield Friends Adult School

Scope and Content

Minutes of Quarterly Meetings, 1884-1897 (1 vol.) [TT 67.1]; Minutes of homestead trustees, New Scarborough Adult School, 1912-1961 (1 vol.) [TT 67.2]; Correspondence and papers of homestead trustees, New Scarborough Adult School, 1952-1974 (1 bundle) [TT 67]

Administrative / Biographical History

An Adult School was set up by Friends in the Thornhill Street Meeting House in Wakefield in 1871; classes for women were also offered from 1895. By 1902, there were 116 men, women and children on the register. A Sick Club and a Savings Fund were in existence by 1884, and annual teas were being held. In 1888, a Young Men's Improvement and Debating Society was also formed, but held meetings irregularly. A branch school based in Westgate board school was opened in November 1894. There was also an adult school in the New Scarborough area of Wakefield from the early 20th century.


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 other repositories: Records of Wakefield Preparative Meeting, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield Headquarters


"Adult Sunday Schools in Yorkshire", in Yorkshire Weekly Post, 2 August 1908; J.W. Rowntree and H.B. Binns, A history of the Adult School movement (Headley, 1903), p.46

Additional Information

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