Berkshire Record Society was founded in October 1993 to print scholarly editions of important documents on the history of Berkshire held in the Berkshire Record Office and elsewhere. Our aim is to publish one volume each year and we welcome ideas for new projects.
Before the Society was formed there was no systematic programme of publishing historic records in Berkshire. Yet the county has a rich heritage of written records. The Society has selected a wide variety of documents ranging in date from the middle ages to the nineteenth century as the subjects for its volumes. Twenty-six volumes have been published and more are in preparation. Each volume contains the printed transcript of an original text, fully annotated, with a scholarly introduction and an index.
The Society is backed by the History Department of the University of Reading and by the Berkshire Record Office and has individual and institutional members from around the world including many leading university and national libraries.
On this website you will find details of the benefits of membership; how to join the Society and how to order our publications which are available to members and to non-members.
Since its foundation, the Society has made an important contribution to scholarship in Berkshire.
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.
Volume 1 is now out of print but is available online.
Covering a century and a half, from the reign of Queen Mary to the reign of Queen Anne, these accounts of the churchwardens of the north Berkshire parish of Stanford inthe Vale oﬀer a rich source for the study of parish life during a period of immense religious and social change. Their value is enhanced by a rare and remarkable memorandum by the vicar and religious conservative, John Fawkener, in which he provides an invaluable account of the some of the administrative, ﬁnancial and social customs practised in his parish on the eve of the English Reformation. Some would survive the changes of that Reformation, which he abhorred; most would not. The detailed accounts that follow this preface show how the churchwardens managed parish ﬁnances, meeting both routine expenses and occasional exceptional costs, such as those incurred in restoring the Catholic liturgy in the 1550s and repairs to the church (following the collapse of the steeple) in the 1630s.The accounts also reveal much about the farming regime in this open-ﬁeld village, about building materials and techniques widespread in the Vale, and about local festivities. An extended editorial introduction provides valuable context for the accounts, and oﬀers a detailed discussion of the issues that they document.
Berkshire Record Society needs your help!!
We are looking for a motivated and organized individual to join our team as the Membership Secretary.
If becoming a member of the Berkshire Record Society and taking on the role of Membership Secretary interests you, we would love to hear from you. Please complete the form to the right.
Take a look at the job description if you think you might be interested. Being a vital part of the Society, this role is quite important, and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Membership of Berkshire Record Society
Individual – Individuals (over the age of 18 years) who are interested in furthering the work of the Society.
Joint – Two persons residing at the same address and being members of same household may be Joint Members of the Society. Each such Joint Member shall enjoy all the privileges and responsibilities of Individual membership of the Society, including the entitlement to vote at General Meetings of the Society and to stand for election to membership of the Society’s Council, but Joint Members shall be entitled between them to only one copy of each of the Society’s publications.
Corporate – Any body corporate or unincorporated association which is interested in furthering the Society’s work.