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 3 Cover

Berkshire Overseers' Papers 1654-1834

Edited by Peter Durrant

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 1997

ISBN: 0 9524946 2 0

Among the records of the parish overseers in the Berkshire Record Office are around ten thousand case papers which provide, often with vivid personal detail, information about the life history, family circumstances and mobility of individuals applying for poor relief, about paternity in bastardy cases, and about the apprenticeship of children. This volume contains abstracts of documents from thirteen south Berkshire parishes.

Contents

Map of the Parishes of Berkshire iv
Foreword v
INTRODUCTION vii
Map of Kennet Valley parishes viii
Settlement certificates ix
Examinations xi
Removal orders xvi
Miscellaneous settlement documents xviii
Apprenticeship xix
Bastardy xx
Editorial conventions xxii
BERKSHIRE OVERSEERS' RECORDS
Aldermarston 1
Brimpton 17
Bucklebury 39
Burghfield 44
Chieveley 77
Englefield 132
Hampstead Norreys 145
Stanford Dingley 146
Sulhamstead Abbots 146
Sulhamstead Bannister 151
Thatcham 152
Wasing 244
Woolhampton 246
INDICES
Names 257
Occupations 314
Places 317