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Nonconformists

Nonconformists are those who do not conform to the religious observance of the Church of England otherwise known as the Anglican Church. Nonconformist denominations include Congregationalists, Presbyterians, (these two now joined together in the United Reformed Church), Baptists, Methodists, Quakers (properly known as the Society of Friends), Roman Catholics and Unitarians, to name only the most prominent. 
 
The Methodists, followers of John Wesley, were the most numerous of the Nonconformist denominations. In the nineteenth century the Methodists split into a number of separate groups - including Wesleyan, Primitive and New Connexion - which came together as the united Methodist Church in the early twentieth century.
 
Nonconformist registers available at Doncaster Archives do not generally include marriage registers. One reason for this was that these registers did not have the legal status enjoyed by the national, legally-established church, the Church of England. From 1753 to 1898, only Quakers and Jews could marry outside the parish church. Everyone else could only contract a valid marriage if married by the Church of England.
 
From 1898, a nonconformist church could keep its own official marriage register. If, however, the church closes, the registers are returned to the Registrar General, who then transfers them to one designated record office in each county. In South Yorkshire, this is Sheffield Archives, although Doncaster Archives has microfiche copies of most of these marriage registers.
 
Doncaster Archives has the records of over a hundred nonconformist churches, although under half of these include registers.

Methodist Circuit Registers

  Baptisms
Doncaster Priory Place, Includes Blaxton, Brodsworth, Finningley, Moss and New BentleyWM 1919-1926 
Doncaster Spring GardensPM 1901-1934 

 

 

 

 

Church Registers

MNC is Methodist New Connexion; PM is Primitive Methodist; WM is Wesleyan Methodist.
* indicates copy registers

 

 

 

 

Baptisms

Marriages

Deaths

Arksey

WM

1922-1989

 

 

Armthorpe

 

 

1951-2006

 

Askern 

WM 

1880-1961 

2007-2009

 

Balby Balby Road 

PM 

1902-1965 

1969-2001

 

Bawtry Wesleyan 

WM 

1841-1907 

 

 

Bentley Bentley Road 

PM 

1946-1967 

1940-1980

 

Bentley Cooke Street 

PM 

1938-1968 

 

 

Bentley High Street 

WM 

1876-1978 

1922-1979

 

Bentley Toll Bar 

PM 

1914-1967 

 

 

Blaxton 

WM 

1935-1964 

 

 

Carcroft 

WM 

1910-1964 

1967-1994

 

Carcroft Presbyterian

 

 

1961-1972

 

Carcroft United Reformed 

 

1915-1978

1961-1972

 

Conisbrough 

WM 

1842-1961 

 

 

Conisbrough New Hill 

PM 

1922-1953 

1916-1953

 

Denaby Main Epworth Hall 

WM 

1882-1971 

1925-1968

 

Doncaster Highfield Road

Doncaster Netherhall Road

WM

Doncaster Oxford Place.
includes Carr Mills
 

WM 

1866-1970 

1907-1968

 

Doncaster Priory Place 

WM 

1934-1951

1849-1983 

 

Doncaster SpringGardens 

PM 

1845-1956 

1912-1956

 

Doncaster National Spiritualist 

 

1929-1977 

1929-1977 

1929-1977

Doncaster Pentecostal 

 

1972-1994 

 

 

Doncaster Unitarian 

 

1859-1891 

1859-1893 

 

Doncaster Hallgate, United Reformed 

 

1798-1904
1937-1972
 

1864-1879

1864-1874

Dunscroft

PM

1951-1966

 

 

Edlington, Main Avenue

PM

Fenwick 

WM

1908-1983 

1959-1971

 

Finningley 

WM 

1964-1974 

 

 

Harworth 

 WM

1926-1958 

 

 

Hexthorpe 

 PM

1933-1958 

 

 

Mexborough, Doncaster Road

 UM

Mexborough Free Christian 

U

 1915-1989 

1916-1984*

 1919-1940 

Moss 

WM 

1927-1971 

 

 

Rossington

UM

1918-1948

 

 

Scawthorpe

PM

1953-1984 

 

 

Sprotbrough, Sprotbrough Road 

 WM 

1939-1975 

1956-1969  

 

Stainforth

 WM

1845-1929

 

 

 Stainforth, Silver Street

PM

Thorne and District 

WM

1841-1928

 

 

Thorne High Levels.
Includes Thorne Bethesda and Fishlake 
 

MNC

1872-1957 

 

 

Thorne Centenary, South Parade 

 PM  

 1909-1970 

1958-1970 

 

Thorne Moorends 

WM

1899-1935 

 

 

Thurnscoe

WM

1896-1935

 

 

Tickhill and District 

WM

1837-1930 

 

 

Woodlands Parkside

PM

 1911-1990

1959-1988 

 

Woodlands Woodside

WM

1909-1948 

1934-1947

 

 

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