London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1897 - 1980

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • Records of the London Methodist Mission (Tooting) Circuit and its constituent Wesleyan and Primitive Chapels: Balham Hill Church, Colliers Wood Methodist Mission, Emmanuel Mission Hall, Mitcham Church, Southfields Methodist Society, Tooting Central Hall, and Primitive Methodist Churches in Lynwood Road and Oldridge Road, including minutes of various meetings including Local Preachers, Overseas Missions, Women's and Finance Committees; Circuit Schedules; registers of baptisms; financial accounts; correspondence; newsletters; postcards; programmes and histories.
Extent: 3.38 linear metres
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The Wandsworth Circuit had orginally been part of the Hammersmith Circuit. In 1889 the Wandsworth Circuit was divided into several Circuits, one of which was the new Tooting Circuit formed of Upper Tooting, Lower Tooting, Wimbeldon and Merton Churches. This was renamed the London Mission (Tooting) Circuit at the end of 1923.

    Emmanuel Mission Hall, Garratt Lane was founded in 1885 and its work was largely superseded by Tooting Central Hall built in 1910.

    Balham Hill Methodist Church was in operation from 1898 to around 1920. The Wesleyan Church at Mitcham was built in 1908, the Southfields Methodist Society was founded in 1905 and this Society later built Southfields Central Hall.

    Colliers Wood Methodist Mission was built in 1934.

    The Primitive Methodists operated several Chapels in the area which later joined the London Mission (Tooting) Circuit following the Unification of the Methodist Church in 1932. The registers of baptisms for Lynwood Road, Upper Tooting include baptisms performed in other Primitive Methodist Chapels. The Church at Balham Hill (Oldridge Road) was formerly at 1 Balham Grove.
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • Received 1989 (Acc/2707).
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 2018
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: Divided into Circuit records and the records of individual Churches.