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 no longer available.
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, and volumes 19 and 20. 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).
Published in November 2013 were volumes 19 and 20, an edition of some early churchwarden’s accounts of the parish of St Laurence, Reading. This is a very valuable archive since very few such records have survived. These accounts begin with the flowering of late medieval parochial life, span the years of Reformation and Counter-Reformation upheavals and extend into the making of the early Elizabethan settlement. This edition includes most of the first volume of the accounts up to 1570, the period of most interest to historians of the period and general readers alike though the accounts continue into the seventeenth century.
The entries are very full. Before the 1540s they deal with a very wide range of subjects from repairs to the church fabric and furniture, providing all the necessities for celebrating the liturgy to details of wages paid to workers. There are fascinating entries recording parish entertainments, plays and feasts. How the parish coped with the legislation resulting from the religious changes from the mid 1530s to the mid 1560s is recorded in the accounts - sales of forbidden objects and texts, purchases of new books – and the inevitable financial problems and personal dilemmas. Not surprisingly the text runs to over 300 pages.
Included in the volume of accounts were three sets of inventories from the early sixteenth century, lists of vestments, books and church goods used to celebrate the Mass and other traditional Catholic rituals. These are included in this edition. There is also a very full introduction making the volume more meaningful for the non-specialist reader, together with a glossary and appendices with biographical information about some significant parishioners and townspeople.
Schedule of Volumes