Reading St Laurence Churchwardens' Accounts 1498-1570
Part II - Accounts 1536-1570 and Inventories
Edited by Joan Dils
Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2013
ISBN: 978 0 9573937 1 4
The wonderfully detailed churchwardens' accounts of St Laurence, Reading, offer a vivid insight into the impact of the Reformation on a local parish, as successive governments moved the country from Catholic to Protestant, back to Catholic (under Mary) and finally to Protestant under Elizabeth. The accounts are supplemented by three detailed pre-Reformation inventories showing the riches in books and vestments that the church then possessed.