RepositoryLondon Borough of Bromley Archives
Ref No622
TitleBromley Methodist Circuit
Date1827 - 2002
DescriptionRecords of Bromley, Central (Bromley), Widmore, Beckenham, Clock House and Farnborough Methodist Churches.
Administrative HistoryBromley was involved in the Wesleyan movement from an early date. John Wesley visited the area several times between 1772 and 1783, preaching to a society at Widmore in 1772. In 1776 a chapel was opened at Chislehurst Green, Widmore Road, replaced in 1888 by one in Tylney Road.

The first chapel in Bromley, 'Zion' in 1826 stood in the Upper High Street. But rapid growth of Bromley's population soon made thias provision for worship inadequate. So in 1872 it closed and two years later a new church was opened in Lower High Street. At Bromley North a Wesleyan Mission operated from 1881, initially in a cottage in the Farwig area, then in the 'Great Tent' in Station Road (1902- 1905) until the Central Hall, London Road was opened in April 1905.

The latter was destroyed in the 1939- 1945 war and the church in the High street was demolished in 1964. A new church was built in Holwood Road to serve both congregations, ( Bromley Methodist becoming the Central Methodist Church on 1 January 1965), and opened in July 1965. The Tylney Road congregation joined in September 1975 after the closure of their chapel.

The Bromley and Lewisham circuit was formed in 1866 from the Deptford circuit. It included the Bromley, Lewisham, Widmore and Keston societies and, from 1872- 1892, Chislehurst . In 1876 Lewisham left the circuit leaving Bromley at its centre. Beckenham joined the circuit in 1884, Farnborough and Clock House in the early 1900s and West Wickham in 1933.

A 'circuit' does not correspond to an area of local government. A circuit was an important feature of early Methodist organisation defining an area within which itinerant preachers operated. It is a group of 'societies' or churches whose representatives, stewards, trustees, leaders meet every quarter to co-ordinate their accounts, activities and spiritual life.
Extent54 Volumes and 69 Items
Access StatusSome items may be subject to access restrictions.
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