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

Publications

All published volumes are carefully edited, comprehensively indexed and include introductions explaining the background to the documents they present. They are attractively produced and uniformly bound in soft covers.

The majority of past volumes are available for purchase through the Berkshire Record Society, c/o Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF. Members may purchase back numbers at the normal members' rate. Non-members may purchase individual volumes (subject to availability) at £25.00 each. Postage and Packing within the UK is £2.50. Volume 1 is now out of print but is available online using the links at the foot of the Volume 1 page.

Where a volume has been published as two parts a 10% discount will apply if both parts are purchased. The price is therefore £45.00 rather than £50.00. This applies to volumes 6 and 7, volumes 9 and 10, volumes 11 and 12, volumes 19 and 20, and volumes 23 and 24. Postage and Packing within the UK is £5.00

The Berkshire Probate Index is in three volumes and is only available as a set at £67.50. Postage and Packing within the UK is £8.00 (Please enquire for overseas rates).


Volume 26 - Berkshire Schools in the Eighteenth Century

Volume 26, Berkshire Schools in the Eighteenth Century, was launched at the Berkshire Record Office, Reading, on Monday 25th February 2019.

In 1833 the Government provided the first public money for schools; within 70 years there was a national system of primary and secondary education covering every place in every county. These milestones built on what had existed earlier: a complex patchwork of charity, religious and private schools – many of which are now long gone, having left little evidence of their existence. This volume recreates that pre-1833 picture and, in doing so, celebrates the wide range of schooling offered in Georgian Berkshire. Volume 26 will be available to members of the Berkshire Record Society as part of their 2018 subscription. The price to non-members of the Society is £25.00 (plus £2.50 Post and Packaging).


Volume 25 - Records of Reading Abbey

To coincide with the re-opening of the ruins of Reading Abbey, Berkshire Reading Society published volume 25, Reading Abbey Records - a new miscellany, edited by Brian Kemp, on 23rd June 2018. Volume 25 is available to members of the Berkshire Record Society as part of their 2018 subscription. The price to non-members of the Society is £12.50 (plus £2.50 Post and Packaging).


Volumes 23 and 24 - Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509

In December 2017 the Berkshire Record Society published volumes 23 and 24, Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509, edited by Dr Margaret Yates, in two parts.

The volumes contain abstracts of all the fines in the records of the county of Berkshire, amounting to 1,581 fines for the reigns of Edward II to Henry VII. The Introduction discusses the nature of the documents and their constituent features, and provides an indication of their use as historical evidence revealing a wealth of information about Berkshire’s landowners and their properties.

Volume 22 - Newbury and Chilton Pond Turnpike Records 1766-1791

In May 2017 the Berkshire Record Society published volume 22, Newbury and Chilton Pond Turnpike Records 1766-1791, edited by Jeremy Sims.

The Berkshire section of the Andover, Newbury and Chilton Pond turnpike ran from Wash Water, just south of Newbury, to the pond just west of the village of Chilton on the Berkshire downs. Here it met the turnpike from Oxford. From Newbury, a short spur ran to the Newtown river, south of Sandleford, where it met the turnpike from Winchester. The road, which in the twentieth century became the A34, thus formed an important link in the route from Southampton and Winchester to Oxford and the Midlands.

The surviving records of the turnpike trust – comprehensive minutes and detailed accounts for the period 1766 -1791 – make this the best documented of all Berkshire's eighteenth-century turnpikes. Through them we learn how the road was planned and how the funds were secured to get the turnpike trust established. They show the practical difficulties of raising and spending money and of negotiating with interested parties, and show also how the road was maintained and improved and how attempts were made to control its use. Along the way we meet a great many of the people who, in way or another, were connected with the turnpike trust. There were the promoters of the project and the turnpike trustees, the people who subscribed money, the officers of the trust — the clerks, the surveyors, the gatekeepers and other servants of the trust — as well as many of the local users. Editions of turnpike records are relatively rare among the publications of English county record societies. This volume will be a rich source, not just for the history of this trust but also for the wider story of turnpikes in Berkshire and beyond.



Schedule of Volumes

General Series

Volume Publication Year Title Subscription Year
1 1994

Correspondence of the Foundling Hospital Inspectors in Berkshire, 1757-1768

Volume 1 1994
2 1995

Berkshire Glebe Terriers, 1634

Volume 2 1995
3 1997

Berkshire Overseers' Papers, 1654-1834

Volume 3 1996
4 1999

Berkshire Probate Accounts, 1583-1712

Volume 4 1997
5 2000

Enclosure in Berkshire, 1485-1885

Volume 5 1998
6 2002

Reading Gild Accounts, 1357-1516 (Part I)

Volume 6 1999
7 2002

Reading Gild Accounts, 1357-1516 (Part II)

Volume 7 2000
8 2004

Newbury Kendrick Workhouse Records, 1627-1641

Volume 8 2001
9 2005

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

Volume 9 2002
10 2005

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

Volume 10 2003
11 2008

Thames Navigation Commission Minutes, 1771-1790 (Part I)

Volume 11 2004
12 2008

Thames Navigation Commission Minutes, 1771-1790 (Part II)

Volume 12 2005
13 2008

The Diocese Books of Samuel Wilberforce

Volume 13 2006
14 2010

Berkshire Religious Census 1851

Volume 14 2007
15 2011

Berkshire Probate Index, 1480-1652 (Part I: Personal Names)

Volume 15 2008
16 2011

Berkshire Probate Index, 1480-1652 (Part II: Place Names)

Volume 16 2009
17 2011

Berkshire Probate Index, 1480-1652 (Part III: Occupations)

Volume 17
18 2012

Diaries and Correspondence of Robert Lee of Binfield 1736-1744

Volume 18 2010
19 2013

Reading St Laurence Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1498-1570 (Part I)

Volume 19 2011
20 2013

Reading St Laurence Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1498-1570 (Part II)

Volume 20 2012
21 2015

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

Volume 21 2013
22 2017

Newbury and Chilton Pond Turnpike Records 1766-1791

Volume 22 2014
23 2017

Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509 (Part I Fines 1307-1399)

Volume 23 2015
24 2017

Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509 (Part II Fines 1400-1509 and Index)

Volume 24 2016
25 2018

Reading Abbey Records - a new miscellany

Volume 25 2018
26 February 2019

Berkshire Schools in the Eighteenth Century

Volume 26 2018
27 Mid 2019

Records of the 'Swing' Riots in Berkshire

2017
28 Late 2019

Berkshire Overseers' Papers

2019

Special Volumes

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