Title: Carlton Hill Collection
Date: 17th-20th century
Collection group(s): Quaker Collection
The Carlton Hill collection of archives contains records of meetings of the Society of Friends for the mid-part of the old West Riding of Yorkshire (now divided between West and North Yorkshire), and a few records of the county Quarterly Meeting.
More precisely, the documents cover the area included before the middle of the nineteenth century in the old Settle, Knaresborough and Brighouse monthly meetings, which range from the districts around Bentham, Settle, Airton, Newton and Lothersdale (Settle Monthly Meeting) in the north west, to Skipton, Addingham, Darley, and Rawdon (Knaresborough Monthly Meeting) in the north, and to Bradford, Leeds, Gildersome, Halifax, Brighouse and Huddersfield (Brighouse Monthly Meeting) in the south.
When Knaresborough Monthly Meeting was dissolved in 1853, Harrogate and Darley (then sole representative of the old Nidderdale Meeting) were joined to York Monthly Meeting, but the rest of the area was joined to Brighouse Monthly Meeting, and the records came to Leeds. So it is that there are three series of monthly meeting records for this region, comprising the areas of Settle, Brighouse and Knaresborough meetings, running down from the seventeenth century (Brighouse from 1688, Knaresborough from 1721 (Women's meeting from 1677), Settle from 1666).
The Carlton Hill collection contains the records of meetings of the Society of Friends for the mid-part of the old West Riding of Yorkshire and a few records of the county Quarterly Meeting. The collection gets its name from the Carlton Hill Meeting House, where the records were originally held. A catalogue of the safe at Carlton Hill Meeting House was prepared in manuscript in 1910 under the supervision of Gervase Lawson Ford on the basis of earlier catalogues. Amendments and additions were made over the next half-century, and an inventory in abbreviated form was prepared and duplicated in 1972, and appeared as no. 26 in the Brotherton Library Special Collections Handlist series. That inventory was replaced by an expanded record (Handlist 55, 1983; and Addenda, Handlist 79, 1987), excluding from notice archives which had been removed (for one reason or another) from the Safe at Carlton Hill between 1910 and the transfer of documents to Leeds University Library (Special Collections) in 1979. The current catalogue has provided the opportunity to update the contents in various ways. Material continues to be added to the collection, and it is intended that the handlist should reflect new additions as quickly as possible.
Original reference numbers are recorded in the alternative reference field. The original references indicate the boxes in which the manuscripts were kept when in the safe at Carlton Hill Friends' Meeting House. Additions to the collection since 1979 were allocated references using the same numbering system. New references were assigned in November 2013 when the catalogue was imported into the Special Collections new collection management system (KE Emu) in 2014. Abbreviations used in the handlist and indexes:
AS Friends' Adult School
FBG Friends' burial ground
FMH Friends' meeting house
GM General meeting
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Catalogues of archives are usually arranged in hierarchies - one hierarchy for each collection in the archive. The details on display will be of a record at a particular level of the hierarchy. There may be other records above, below, or alongside this record in the same hierarchy. You can see the full hierarchy under 'In this collection'.