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Repository Cheshire Record Office
Level Collection (Fonds)
Reference EFC
Title Society of Friends
Description These records, the older records inherited by the Cheshire Monthly Meeting, were formerly kept in the strong room of Wilmslow Meeting House. They relate to Cheshire and Staffordshire, 1665-1831, to Staffordshire and the eastern part of Cheshire 1831-1854, and to eastern Cheshire only from 1854-1906.
Quarterly Meetings
1. Cheshire, later Cheshire and Staffordshire. 1665-1859.
Monthly Meetings
2. Morley. 1677-1831.
3. Low Leighton. 1685/6-1735.
4. Frandley. 1670-1795.
5. Nantwich. 1676/7-1803.
6. Frandley and Nantwich. 1787-1831.
7. Cheshire. 1831-1906.
8. Staffordshire. 1807-1850.
Preparative Meetings
Morley M.M.
9. Low Leighton. 1864-1885.
10. Macclesfield. 1694-1888.
11. Morley. 1836-1900.
12. Stockport. 1694-1901.
Frandley and Nantwich M.M.
13. Frandley. 1702-1844.
14. Nantwich. 1758-1895.
[Newton near Frodsham. See EFC 16/7. 1696-1752]
15. Sutton. 1748-1793.
16. Miscellanea.
Printed Books.
Acc 5010
LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE QUARTERLY MEETING
Cheshire and Staffordshire minutes
Elders' minutes
Membership lists
Financial
Miscellanea
MORLEY MONTHLY MEETING
Miscellanea
FRANDLEY AND NANTWICH MONTHLY MEETING
Property
Miscellanea
CHESHIRE MONTHLY MEETING
Minutes, main series
Minutes, various
Membership
Trustees
Property: title
Property: maintenance
Plans
Stanley Green trust, Cheadle Bulkeley
Burial grounds
Probate and legacies
Financial
Charity Commission
School: Penketh
Miscellanea
LOW LEIGHTON PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
Membership
Plans
MACCLESFIELD PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
Membership
Property: meeting house
Plans: meeting house
Miscellanea
STOCKPORT PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
Membership
Property: meeting house
Financial
Miscellanea
FRANDLEY PREPARATIVE MEETING
Miscellanea
DISLEY PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
MARPLE PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
CHEADLE HULME PREPARATIVE MEETING
Minutes
HYDE PREPARATIVE MEETING
Membership
Property
Administrative History Cheshire Q.M. was established in 1668, and in 1783 united with Staffordshire Q.M. to form Cheshire and Staffordshire Q.M. This meeting continued until 1854, when Cheshire and Staffordshire were separated, and Cheshire united with Lancashire to form Lancashire and Cheshire Q.M. The Society of Friends, or Quakers, was established in Cheshire by 1668. The Society is organised in a hierarchy of meetings: Preparative Meetings are grouped into Monthly Meetings, which are in turn grouped into Quarterly Meetings, and finally, at national level, there is the Yearly Meeting. Records comprise minutes of meetings (M), membership records including registers of births, marriages and burials (R), 'sufferings' - the record of fines and punishment imposed on members for refusal to pay tithes, swear oaths etc - and financial and administrative records (V).
LIST OF MEETINGS
CHESHIRE Q.M. 1668-1783.
Newton by Frodsham later Frandley M.M.
Chester P.M.
Newton by Frodsham P.M.
Norton P.M., renamed Sutton from 1730.
Frandley P.M.
Morley M.M.
Congleton (Eaton) P.M. discontinued c.1741.
Macclesfield P.M.
Morley P.M.
Stockport P.M.
Low Leighton P.M. from Jul.1739.
Nantwich M.M.
Nantwich P.M.
Middlewich P.M.
Malpas P.M., discontinued c.1720.
Rhydallt P.M., discontinued c.1719.
Wrexham P.M. from c.1719.
DERBYSHIRE Q.M.
Includes
Low Leighton M.M. 1668-1739.
Low Leighton P.M.
Slackhall P.M.
Weathercoats P.M.
CHESHIRE AND STAFFORDSHIRE Q.M. 1783-1854.
Includes
Frandley M.M. to 1794.
Chester P.M.
Frandley P.M.
Newton by Frodsham P.M.
Sutton P.M.
Morley M.M. to 1831
Low Leighton P.M. discontinued 1822.
Macclesfield P.M.
Morley P.M.
Stockport P.M.
Nantwich M.M. to 1794.
Nantwich P.M.
Middlewich P.M.
Frandley and Nantwich M.M. 1794 to 1831.
Chester P.M.
Frandley P.M.
Middlewich P.M. discontinued 1794-1801.
Nantwich P.M.
Newton by Frodsham al. Newton by the Forest P.M. discontinued 1817.
Sutton P.M. discontinued c.1797.
Ruthin P.M.
Cheshire M.M. from 1831
Chester, transferred to Hardshaw West M.M. Oct.1831.
Frandley P.M.
Macclesfield P.M.
Morley P.M.
Nantwich P.M.
Ruthin P.M., transferred to Hardshaw West M.M. Oct.1831.
Stockport P.M.
LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE Q.M. from 1854.
Includes
Hardshaw West M.M. (est. 1817 by division of Hardshaw M.M.).
Includes
Birkenhead P.M. 1836-
Chester P.M.
Heswall P.M., 1939-
Hoylake P.M., 1898-
Liscard P.M., 1847-
Runcorn P.M., 1920-
West Kirby P.M., 1940-48.
Cheshire M.M.
Frandley P.M.
Low Leighton P.M.
Macclesfield P.M.
Morley P.M.
Nantwich P.M.
Stockport P.M.
[For detailed changes in meetings constituting Cheshire M.M. post 1854 see lists in Subject File: QUAKERS].
Wirral and North Wales M.M. from 1964
Includes
Birkenhead P.M.
Chester P.M.
Heswall P.M.
Wallasey (Liscard) P.M.
Related Material ZCR 235
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