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CMA, Victoria Hall Church, Wrexham, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 VICHALL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: CMA: Records of Victoria Hall Church, Wrexham

Short Title: CMA, Victoria Hall Church, Wrexham, records

Creation date(s): 1925-1995

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Victoria Hall Church, Wrexham


Administrative/Biographical history: Calvinistic Methodist activities at Victoria Hall, Wrexham, began in 1902, when the old British Schools were adapted for public worship as 'the Victoria Hall Forward Movement Centre'. The Forward Movement was designed to promote evangelistic, moral and charitable work amongst the poor, and this coincided with many of the activities of the Belle Vue Mission Church, which were transferred to Victoria Hall. The Hall thereby became de facto an English language Presbyterian chapel in many respects, although it was not registered for worship until 1916. There were a number of popular ministers, including the Rev. Ezekiel Williams, who was appointed in 1926, and succeeded by his wife, as 'sister of the people of the Forward Movement', after his death in 1952. Despite some difficulties, Victoria Hall was engaged in a variety of successful social projects throughout its history. The chapel moved to Bersham Road in 1960, and thereafter to Hampden Road. It ceased to function as a place of worship in the mid 1990s.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Victoria Hall Chapel, including account books, 1950-1995, a register of members, 1950-1965, a baptism register, 1958-1993, and marriage registers, 1925-1994.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into the following two series: account books; baptism and marriage registers.

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: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW in CMA: Records of Welsh Chapels in NLW 2001-. The catalogue is also available on-line.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

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


Related material: A register of births and baptisms at Victoria Hall Presbyterian Church, 1958-1981, is held at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin (DRO NTD/922); there are also papers relating to the Church in NLW, CMA AZ3/435.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, list of Victoria Hall, Wrexham records.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Calvinistic Methodism | Wales | Wrexham
Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Wrexham
Religious institutions | Wales | Wrexham
Victoria Hall Church (Wrexham, Wales) | Archives

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