Document ReferenceMS 900
TitleRecords of Boundary Road United Reformed Church, Beeston, formerly Lenton Abbey Congregational Church; 1929-2010
Extent9 boxes
AbstractThe collection comprises papers of Boundary Road United Reformed Church, formerly Lenton Abbey Congregational Church . The papers include minutes, correspondence, newsletters and other papers. There are quite significant gaps in most of the series.
Access ConditionsThe bulk of the collection is accessible to all readers. However, access may be restricted to some material under current Data Protection legislation. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.
Admin HistoryLenton Abbey Congregational Church held the first evening service on 28th April 1929 and the final service was held 25th July 2010. The church changed its name from Lenton Abbey Congregational Church to Boundary Road United Reformed Church in about 1972, when the United Reformed Church was formed from a union of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church in England and Wales. However, the name was fluid: documents refer to it as Boundary Road Church before that date, and as Lenton Abbey United Reformed Church as late as 1979.

The premises for the Church opened 28 Sept 1933, and from 1935 the Church was registered for the solemnization of marriages. As well as regular services, the Minister was also part-time Chaplain to the University of Nottingham. From 15th April 1930 there was a Sunday School for 5 to 11 year olds, and an after-school and holiday care club called 'Bounders'. In 1987 a Community Centre was built onto the existing church site. Declining membership led to the Church's closure in 2010.
Custodial HistoryThe records were transferred to the University of Nottingham in October 2011, after the Church voted to close in the July of the previous year.
DescriptionThe collection contains:

MS 900/A: Account Book of Boundary Road United Reformed Church, formerly Lenton Abbey Congregational Church; 1933-1966

MS 900/C: Correspondence files of Boundary Road United Reformed Church, formerly Lenton Abbey Congregational Church; 1973-2008

MS 900/M: Minutes of the Various Committees of Boundary Road United Reformed Church, formerly Lenton Abbey Congregational Church; 1929-2012

MS 900/N: Newsletters, scrapbooks etc regarding Boundary Road United Reformed Church; 1933-2006

MS 900/P: Plans and other documents regarding alterations of and extensions to the buildings at Boundary Road Church; 1930s-1980s

MS 900/R: Roll of Church Members [at Boundary Road United Reformed Church, formerly] Lenton Abbey Congregational Church, Nottingham; 1934-1989

MS 900/S: Church Secretary's Records, Boundary Road United Reformed Church; 1982-1993
MgtGroupReligious records
MgtSubGroupUnited Reformed
ArrangementThe papers were generally kept chronologically within their series, an arrangement that has been maintained. Duplicates were removed, particularly of the newsletters.
TermCongregationalism - England - Nottinghamshire
United Reformed Church - England - Nottinghamshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 29 pp. Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
DS/UK/80779Boundary Road United Reformed Church
DS/UK/80780Lenton Abbey Congregational Church
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