So today I get to go and do transcribing upstairs for the last but one time. GB and I were asked last week by GN (the librarian/archivist) if we would like to continue to help out - maybe today we'll find out if this plan is a goer. She needed to find somewhere in the building to stash us ... I must admit if we do I hope they let me transcribe something a bit more radical than the 'red folders'. Copying out someone else's mistakes is not my idea of fun.
Just so you know what I'm having a go about ... usually transciption would consist of reading an old document and making an copy of its content in another form, that is, these days, as an electronic document of some kind. Then the copy can be used by visitors to the library rather than the delicate and/or valuable and/or hard to read original. However, due to the archives being in a 'bit of a muddle' at the moment they can't find any more original non-conformist (Methodist, Independent, etc) registers for me to transcribe so they've set me on copying out some old typewritten transcriptions. Yes, OK, this will make them electronically searchable, but I've already spotted mistakes, such as a child being supposedly born a couple of days AFTER its baptism and missing parts of dates making the data pretty worthless ... an example entry is 31 1806 - so what month is that then?
Since GB and I started there in the early summer I've done:
- the baptisms of the Barnsley Heelis Street chapel 1883-1967,
- a Barnsley Tithe Rental book from 1801,
- Ardsley Methodist New Connection baptisms 1868-1991 and
- Worsborough Common chapel baptisms 1874-1891.
|1889 map of Worsborough Common from Old Maps, showing the chapel at the bottom|
In 1889 the chapel is shown as Meth Chapel (Primitive) (seats for 100). It lies at the northern end of Chapel Square near the top of the hill at Worsborough Common.
|1931 map of Worsborough Common from Old Maps|
|Worsborough Common from Google Maps, the grass on the left is where the Vine was, the wall on the right is the edge of the church yard. Wider road and modern flats where Chapel Square was.|
Oh and a picture of the chapel would be nice - there doesn't seem to be one of those in the Archives either.