The Berkshire Record Society

Registered Charity No: 1027976

President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant


Volume 21 Cover

The Church Inspection Notebook of Archdeacon James Randall 1855-1873 and other records

Edited by Sabina Sutherland

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2015

ISBN: 978 0 9573937 2 1

Between 1855 and 1859 Archdeacon James Randall visited 172 churches and recorded his impressions of the church, features of architectural interest and matters requiring his attention. Beyond his general desire that the churches in the archdeaconry be well maintained, he frequently drew the attention of the incumbents and churchwardens to the state of the church's roof, expressed concern at the state and location of fonts, ordered that tables of degrees of consanguinity be provided where they were lacking, and recommended that an iron chest be provided for the storage of both registers and communion plate.

The three books that comprise this volume are Archdeacon Randall's church inspection notebook, 1855-1859, a facsimile of The Ecclesiastical and Architectural Topograpy of Berkshire, published in 1849, and the minute book of the Binfield church enlargement committee, 1848-1850.

Contents

Foreword v
Introduction vii
A note on the texts xxxvii
Editorial note xlii
Illustrations xliii
ARCHDEACON RANDALL'S NOTEBOOK 1
LETTERS TO AND FROM ARCHDEACON RANDALL 91
THE ECCLESIASTICAL TOPOGRAPHY OF BERKSHIRE 107
BINFIELD CHURCH ENLARGEMENT MINUTES 213
Appendix: Visitation Articles, 1855 245
Index to persons 247
Index to places 254
Index to subjects 258