WATFORD METHODIST CIRCUIT

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Details of WATFORD METHODIST CIRCUIT
Title: WATFORD METHODIST CIRCUIT
Reference: NM7
Date: 1828-1987
Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 490 files
Administrative History:

Introduction

 

Watford Primitive Methodist Circuit

 

Watford Primitive Methodists were worshipping in a room in Hedges Yard, High Street by 1840. A chapel was in use in Carey Place, Watford by 1865 [see NM7J]. The circuit also included chapels at Croxley Green [see NM7M], Letchmore Heath [see NM7P], Bushey [see NM7N], Redbourn [see NM5G] and St Albans. In 1877 the chapels at Redbourn and St Albans formed themselves into a separate Primitive Methodist circuit. For later details concerning chapels in these two places see NM5. By 1893 the Watford circuit included the chapels at St Albans Road and Queen's Road Watford, Bushey Heath, Croxley Green, Aldenham and Chorleywood. A further church in Whippendell Road, Watford was opened in 1903, [see NM7I-P]. For a short period from 1897 this circuit also included Northwood and Ruislip, Middlesex. In 1901 a separate Harrow Mission was formed and the Northwood and Ruislip churches were removed from the Watford plan.

 

On the union of the Methodist churches in 1933 the Primitive churches were constituted a separate circuit named Watford (No 2). Not until 1947 were the former Primitive and Wesleyan (Watford No 1 circuit) churches united as one circuit.

 

Watford Wesleyan Methodist Circuit

 

A Wesleyan Society was first formed in Watford in 1808. Services were held in the Market Place then later in a room in Hedges Yard, High Street. In 1813 Watford formed part of the Luton Circuit. Records of this Circuit are now held by Bedfordshire Record Office, County Hall, Bedford MK42 9AP. A chapel was erected in Water Lane in 1814 and a second chapel opened in 1838 in Farthing Lane. By this date Watford was included in the St Albans Circuit [see NM5]. The Farthing Lane chapel was closed in 1868 on the opening of the chapel in Queen's Road [see NM7A].

 

A separate Watford circuit was formed in 1872 and as well as Watford and Rickmansworth also included the societies at Pinner, Eastcote and Harefield in Middlesex transferred from the Uxbridge circuit. In 1904 this circuit was amalgamated with the Hemel Hempstead circuit to include Watford (churches now existed in Queen's Road, Vicarage Road and St Albans Road, Watford and Villiers Road, New Bushey), Rickmansworth, Harefield, Pinner, Eastcote, Heronsgate, Hemel Hempstead, Nash Mills, Two Waters, Berkhamsted, Kings Langley and Abbotts Langley. The section including Heronsgate, Northwood, Eastcote, Pinner, Harefield and Rickmansworth was transferred to the Harrow circuit in 1922.

 

On the union of the Methodist churches in 1933 the Watford Wesleyan churches remained as a separate circuit known as Watford (No 1) consisting of Queen's Road, Vicarage Road and Harebreaks (formerly known as St Albans Road) Watford, Bushey and Oxhey (formerly Villiers Road, New Bushey), Hemel Hempstead, Nash Mills, Two Waters, Berkhamsted, Cupid Green, Kings Langley and Abbotts Langley. The Watford Primitive churches St Albans Road and Whippendell Road, Watford, Bushey Heath, Croxley Green, Aldenham and Chorleywood forming Watford (No 2) circuit. Not until 1947 were the two circuits amalgamated, with the addition of Rickmansworth and Harefield from the Harrow circuit to form a new Watford circuit.

 

The Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted circuit was formed in 1957 and the following chapels from the Watford circuit were transferred to it: Hemel Hempstead (Marlowes and Wesley), Two Waters, Boxmoor (opened 1953) and Nash Mills [see NM3].

 

The church at Springwell Avenue, Mill End, Rickmansworth was transferred to the Watford circuit from Chalfont and Chesham in 1958. It was closed in 1964 on the opening of the new church in Berry Lane, Rickmansworth. Harefield was transferred to Uxbridge circuit in 1958. The church at Cupid Green was closed in 1955 and at Chorleywood in 1969. A church at Carpenders Park, Watford in Prestwick Road was opened in 1953 and Queen's Road, Watford closed in 1966.

 

The Watford circuit now includes the churches at Whippendell Road, Vicarage Road, Harebreaks and Carpenders Park, Watford, Bushey and Oxhey, Bushey Heath, Rickmansworth (Berry Lane and High Street), Croxley Green, Abbotts Langley and Kings Langley.

 

The Watford circuit now forms part of the London North West District of the Methodist Church

Subjects:
  • Watford, Hertfordshire
  • Religion
Creator Names:
  • Watford Methodist Circuit, Watford, Hertfordshire
Related Material:
  • Hertfordshire Methodist Chapels

     

    Alphabetical list of chapels for which records have been received in the Record Office

     

    ALDENHAM NM7P

     

    ARKESDEN (Essex) NM9B

     

    ARLESEY Christchurch NM4D

     

    St John NM4N

     

    ASHWELL NM11C

     

    BALDOCK NM4U

     

    BARNET EAST Brookside NM1C

     

    BARNET HIGH NM1A

     

    BARNET NEW NM1B

     

    BENINGTON NM4E

     

    BERDEN (Essex) NM9C

     

    BERKHAMSTED Cowper Road NM3C

     

    High Street NM3E

     

    BIGGLESWADE (Bedfordshire) NM11A

     

    BISHOP'S STORTFORD NM9A

     

    BOREHAMWOOD NM1F

     

    BOXMOOR NM3H

     

    BURNT MILL (Essex) NM9D

     

    BUSHEY HEATH NM7N

     

    BUSHEY AND OXHEY NM7Q

     

    CHESHUNT NM10D

     

    CHORLEY WOOD NM7L

     

    CROXLEY GREEN NM7M

     

    CUPID GREEN (Hemel Hempstead) NM7H

     

    DASSELLS (Braughing) NM9G

     

    FLAMSTEAD NM2G

     

    Trowley Bottom NM2K

     

    GADDESDEN ROW NM2J

     

    GRAVELEY NM4F

     

    HARPENDEN High Street NM2B

     

    Batford NM2D

     

    Southdown Road NM2C

     

    Kinsbourne Green NM2A

     

    HATFIELD Birchwood NM5E

     

    Broadway NM5D

     

    Oxlease NM5F

     

    HEMEL HEMPSTEAD Marlowes NM3B

     

    Lower Marlow NM3D

     

    Wesley NM3F

     

    Bourne NM3H

     

    Cupid Green NM7H

     

    HENLOW (Bedfordshire) NM4V

     

    HERTFORD NM10A

     

    HINXWORTH NM11B

     

    HITCHIN Brand Street NM4A

     

    Nightingale Road NM4B

     

    Christchurch NM4C

     

    Walsworth NM4L

     

    ICKLEFORD NM4G

     

    KIMPTON NM2F

     

    KINSBOURNE GREEN (Harpenden) NM2A

     

    KNEBWORTH NM8A

     

    LANGLEY, ABBOTS NM7C

     

    LANGLEY, KINGS NM7G

     

    LETCHWORTH Broadway NM4P

     

    Central NM4Q

     

    North Avenue NM4R

     

    LEY HILL (Buckinghamshire) NM3K

     

    MARKYATE NM2H

     

    NASH MILLS NM3G

     

    OFFLEY NM4H

     

    PEGSDON NM4I

     

    PELHAM, FURNEUX NM9H

     

    PIRTON NM4J

     

    POTTERS BAR NM1D

     

    RADLETT NM1E

     

    REDBOURN NM5G

     

    RICKMANSWORTH High Street NM7E

     

    Mill End NM7F

     

    SAFFRON WALDEN (Essex) NM9F

     

    ST ALBANS Boundary Road NM5B

     

    Marlborough Road NM5A

     

    Hatfield Road NM5J

     

    SEWARDSTONE (Essex) NM10E

     

    SHEERING (Essex) NM9E

     

    SHENLEY NM5H

     

    SLEAPSHYDE NM5C

     

    STEVENAGE Old Town NM6A

     

    Chells NM6B

     

    Broadwater NM6C

     

    STOTFOLD (Befordshire) Brook Street NM4S

     

    High Street NM4T

     

    STUDHAM (Bedfordshire) NM2L

     

    TRING Langdon Street NM3J

     

    TROWLEY BOTTOM (Flamstead) NM2K

     

    TWO WATERS NM3A

     

    WALKERN NM4K

     

    WALSWORTH (Hitchin) NM4L

     

    WALTHAM ABBEY (Essex) NM10F

     

    WARE NM10B

     

    WARESIDE NM10C

     

    WATFORD North NM7B

     

    Queen's Road NM7 & NM7J

     

    St Albans Road NM7I

     

    Vicarage Road NM7D

     

    Whippendell Road NM7K

     

    WELWYN Oaklands NM8B

     

    WESTON NM4M

     

    WHEATHAMPSTEAD The Mill NM5I

     

    The Folly NM2E

     

    WHETSTONE (Middlesex) NM1G

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