Aireborough Historical Society

1846 - 1897 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Account Book

Primitive Methodist Chapel
Date 1846 - 1897
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
C379 + C380 + C381 & C382
Top: An entry from the account book
"Persons signing the deed
Mr Slater    Mr Starkey     Mr Hudson     Mr Denson, Moor End     Mr Denison, Henshaw
Signing the Release Joseph Dawson      Joseph Teal      John Wormald     Jos. Wilkinson      Jos. Denison
Not Sign
Mr Kenion      Jos. Parkinson     John Abbott     John Denison          Royston Slater  ---- Consider whether they will give up or not.
The above record of names is a memorandum of what passed at the Meeting held in the Chapel Vestry Feb. 14th 1852. After settling the ordinary business of the Meeting a conversation arose about the importance of lessening the expense of the Trust concerned; which led to a statement that the money borrowed had been offered by another party at a lower interest. It was then agreed without opposition that such offer should be accepted. Mr Joseph Dawson and Mr Wm. Kenion consenting to receive the Amount at any time it might be proffered them".

Upper Middle: 1846 A cash balance sheet showing items such as :
John Marshall paid 10/- for digging? 20 graves
Thomas Mann 1/4d for kindling
Nathan Long £1 16/-  for a cart load of coals
Then in 1847 the price of coal had fallen as David Starkey was paid 11/- for a cart load of coals
Martha Myers 6d for a new bowl
Martha Myers 5/- for black lead (for cleaning cast iron fireplaces) linen and cloths etc
Lower Middle: Entries for 1850 include :
Yeadon and Guiseley Gas Company £3. 17.4d
Insurance £3.10/-
Francis Martin 1/- 10d for paper to copy tunes on
Thomas Mann 6d for a lock for the Chapel yard
Hannah Thompson 8/- for 2 weeks cleaning the Chapel
Bottom: Of special significance are the entries for December 23rd Mr Watson , Constable 2/- for "taking possession" and again on the 24th to the Constable 7/-6d. This refers to the Constable being summoned when fighting broke out in the Chapel. The Methodist movement was experiencing a period of unrest and differences of opinion between members, many of them seeking reform. . William Kenion had been expelled from the Yeadon Wesleyan Chapel for giving members of his Bible class leaflets advocating reform, he subsequently held meetings at Willow Cottage, his home on Ivegate. He and others of a like mind went on to found the New Wesleyan Reform Chapel, building first a chapel on the High Street which was later used as the Lecture Hall when the congregation built the larger Queen Street Chapel.ges of

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