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 9 Cover

Berkshire Nonconformist Meeting House Registrations, 1689-1852 (Part I)

Edited by Lisa Spurrier

Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2005

ISBN: 0 9524946 9 8

Under the Toleration Act of 1689, protestant dissenters were permitted to worship in public provided that their premises were licensed by either Quarter Sessions or the church authorities. With minor modifications, the system lasted until 1852. These volumes contain the texts of all surviving Berkshire registration certificates for nonconformist places of worship (including tents and a field) between those years. The certificates provide evidence about both the meeting-houses themselves and the leading individuals involved making them of great value to those researching the history of their community as well as to historians of religion.


Foreword v
Abbreviations vi
Introduction vii
List of parishes with registered premises liii
Editorial Note lx
Illustration lxi
Registrations with the Archdeacon of Berkshire, 1700-1848 1
Registrations with the Bishop of Salisbury, 1752-1830 14