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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): LMA/4249

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1838-1981

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2.06 linear meters

Name of creator(s): Methodist Church of Great Britain x United Methodist Church x Wesleyan Methodist Church x Primitive Methodist Church


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1885 the Wesleyan Methodist Church established its first Mission at Saint George's Church, Cable Street, Shadwell, with the Reverend Peter Thompson as Superintendent. The Church aimed to combat the poverty and squalor of the East End of London with a combination of evangelism and social work. The Mission at Saint George's rapidly expanded and new Missions were opened at Stepney, Mile End, Bethnal Green and Tower Hill. Free meals were handed out during hard winters, medical care was provided and events were organised for children including trips to the sea-side, penny films and Christmas treats. The Mission also campaigned on political issues, particularly for temperance and the closure of Music Halls. Articles on such issues appeared in the monthly magazine of the Mission - the 'East End' and later the 'East End Star'.

Following the foundation of the welfare state after the Second World War the Mission shifted the focus of its social work. Saint George's was converted into a centre for the care of homeless men and the Mission as a whole developed its support for immigrant communities, single parents, the disabled, the unemployed and those in inadequate housing. A care home for the elderly was established in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and a campsite opened at Lambourne End in the Hainault Forest, Essex. A Social Studies Centre was opened to provide voluntary placements for Sociology students.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the East End Mission of the Methodist Church, including minutes of Quarterly meetings of the Bethnal Green Circuit (1881-1893), the Wesleyan Mission, East (1886-1912), the London Third Circuit (1887-1913) and the East End Mission (1928-1980); East End Mission minutes, 1877-1893; East End Mission Executive Committee minutes, 1951-1953 and General Purposes Committee minutes, 1953-1973; Sunday School Council minutes, 1917-1943; Slate Club General Committee minutes, 1903-1916; Centenary Committee meetings, 1984-1986; issues of East End Magazine, 1894-1904; issues of The East End Star, monthly newsletter of the London East End Mission, 1928-1961; issues of The Star, East End Mission newspaper, 1961-1992; issues of Quest and Conquest: the Journal of the East London Mission, 1928-1930; Quarterly plans and directories, 1928-1955; "The Tuberculous Homeless Alcoholic" by Eugene W. Morse, 1978; "Zebra Project: A Bow Mission Project. The First Ten Years", 1985; booklet "1885-1985 East End Mission - Centenary Year", 1985; file of images used to illustrate Mission publications, 1930s-1940s.

Records of constituent Churches of the East End Mission, including register of marriages, Gordon Hall, Globe Road, Mile End, 1915-1953; register of baptisms, Gordon Hall, Globe Road, Mile End, 1838-1887 and 1898-1958; register of baptisms, Edinburgh Castle Mission Church, Rhodeswell Road, Limehouse, 1934-1959; register of baptisms, Old Mahogany Bar, 1944-1954; register of baptisms, 'Seamens' Chapel, Commercial Road (later Stepney Central Hall), 1881-1916; register of baptisms, The Lycett, Mile End Road, 1872-1947; Pigott Street UMFC Chapel Trust Committee, 1878-1915; Saint George's church minutes and accounts, 1839-1957; Stepney Central Hall minutes, 1908-1925 and 1947-1962; Old Mahogany Bar minutes, 1939-1954; minutes, Gordon Hall, Globe Road, 1868-1904; financial accounts, 1844-1971; Society for Organising Charitable Relief and Repressing Mendacity, Saint George's East, 1875-1879; Saint George's Lay Mission Committee, 1872-1885 and Young Mens' Bible Class minutes, 1887-1891; collection journals, 1901-1981; Saint George's Sunday School Teacher's meeting minutes, 1881-1889 and 1905-1925.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

In sections: A: Circuit, B: Local Church Trust Affairs and C: Local Church Society Affairs.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Physical characteristics:


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1999 (B99/090).


Existence and location of originals:

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Related material:

For record of more Methodist churches in the East End of London see ACC/1850 (Poplar Circuit), ACC/1926 (Whitechapel Circuit) and LMA/4224 (North East District).

Publication note:



Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: January to March 2009

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Bethnal Green Methodist Circuit
Bow Methodist Mission
East End Mission | Methodist Church
Edinburgh Castle Mission Church | Rhodeswell Road, Limehouse
Gordon Hall | Globe Road, Mile End
Old Mahogany Bar Methodist Church
Saint George's Methodist Church | Cable Street, Shadwell
Stepney Central Hall x Seamens' Chapel, Commercial Road
The Lycett | Mile End Road

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