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City Road Chapel, Chester, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CITYRD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: CMA: Records of City Road Chapel, Chester

Short Title: City Road Chapel, Chester, records

Creation date(s): 1814-1969

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.03 cubic metres (3 boxes, outsize 1 vol.)

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: City Road Presbyterian Church, Chester, is descended from one of the chapels of the Rev. Philip Oliver's Calvinistic Methodist Connection.
This Cheshire Methodist connection was founded by the Rev. Philip Oliver (1764-1800), an evangelical Anglican minister, in an out-building in his home village of Broughton. He was a friend of the Rev. Thomas Charles of Bala, and he and other Welsh Calvinistic Methodist ministers who could preach in English assisted in the work. The connection was put on a formal footing shortly before Philip Oliver's death, when Thomas Charles and two others were given complete oversight and management. Philip Oliver's will gave his trustees the power to transfer the Broughton cause to a more convenient centre. This course was adopted in 1813, when the trustees bought the Octagon Chapel, Foregate Street, Chester, which had been vacated by the Wesleyans in 1811, and removed the cause from Broughton to Chester.
Until 1813 the connection's ministers and lay preachers continued to be supplied by the Welsh Methodists, with some from the Church of England and Lady Huntingdon's Connection, but for the next forty years they appointed their own ministers. In 1853 the connection and its six chapels, comprising Octagon (Chester), Ebenezer (Waverton, closed 1982), Tarvin (closed and sold pre-1892), Delamere (closed 1971), Saighton and Cotebrook, were received into the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connection.
In 1864 the Octagon Chapel was conveyed to the London & North Western Railway Company and demolished, being in the line of construction of the new City Road between Foregate Street and the railway station. The replacement chapel, the City Road Chapel, was somewhat smaller than the old Octagon. New school rooms were built in 1880, and branch causes were opened at Belgrave Farm on the Wrexham Road in 1888, and at Saltney Ferry in 1890. The latter cause became a distinct church in 1893. The school room in City Road was sold in 1978. The City Road Presbyterian Church is still in being (January 2002).


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds comprises records of City Road Presbyterian Church, formerly the Octagon Chapel, Chester, including deeds, 1814-1864, minute books, 1879-1929, accounts, 1901-1969, and transfers of members, 1912-1965.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically at NLW within three series: deeds, minute books and accounts, and two files of miscellaneous papers.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids:


Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs Gwawr Booth, Wrexham, December 2002.


Related material: Minutes, deacons meetings minutes, deeds, photographs and miscellaneous papers, 1814-1955, are in private hands (NRA 11137). Enquiries should be directed to Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service.
Correspondence, notes and papers relating to the Rev. Philip Oliver, are held by Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service (ref. D 5774).


Archivist's note: Compiled by Stephen Benham.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dean, Walter, Waverton Presbyterian Church: formed in the year 1849: history of the church given at the centenary commemoration meeting held on Wednesday, October 19th, 1949 ; Thomas, T. W., City Road Presbyterian Church, Chester: a short history , in Presbyterian Church of Wales: the spring session of the Association in the Eas t will be held at City Road Church, Chester on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 11th, 12th and 13th, 1948 .

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003.

Calvinistic Methodists | England | Chester
City Road Presbyterian Church (Chester, England) | Archives
Religious institutions | England | Chester

Personal names

Corporate names
Calvinistic Methodist Connection of the Rev. Philip Oliver
City Road Presbyterian Church (Chester, England)


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