The Diocese Books of Samuel Wilberforce
Edited by Ronald and Margaret Pugh
Published by Berkshire Record Society in 2008
ISBN: 0 9548716 2 6
Samuel Wilberforce was bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869. He was a man of immense energy – and charm – who transformed the diocese during the quarter century he was its bishop. He was a resolute opponent of non-residence and encouraged a new spirit of activism among his clergy, he vigorously supported the building of new churches, and he promoted education, founding both a teacher training college at Culham and a theological college at Cuddesdon. This volume contains the contents of two detailed notebooks about the diocese, its parishes, churches and clergy, the first compiled shortly after his appointment and the second well into his episcopate between 1856 and the early 1860s. Together they provide a rich source for the history of the church in mid-nineteenth-century Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.