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).
Launch of Berkshire Record Society volume 25, Records of Reading Abbey, at St James's Church, Reading, at 3pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018.
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 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 £12.50 (plus £2.50 Post and Packaging).
Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509
In December 2017 the Berkshire Record Society published volumes 23 and 24, Berkshire Feet of Fines, 1307-1509, (Part I Fines 1307-1399, Part II Fines 1400-1509 and Index), edited by Margaret Yates.
Final concords, sometimes known as fines, are legal agreements recording the transfer of freehold land and were a secure means of ensuring good title to a property. They were made in the king’s court following a fictitious law-suit, and were written out three times so that both parties received an identical copy, whilst the final part, the foot (pedes finium), was retained by the court as a central record of the transaction and open to inspection. While many of the parts belonging to the parties to the law-suit have been lost, the feet of the fines have survived in their thousands in the National Archives. Many county series have been published since the late nineteenth century and reflect antiquarian interest in manorial history and landownership. In addition, more recent research has shown how they can tell us a great deal about changes in land use and agriculture, and the value of land and its market as a commodity during the medieval period. In this edition Dr Yates has provided abstracts of over 1500 such documents for Berkshire, together with an introduction enabling the reader to understand the significance of the documents and their potential for historical research.
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.
The Church Inspection Notebook of Archdeacon James Randall 1855-1873 and other records
Volume 21 was published in November 2015. 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 records 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.
Schedule of Volumes