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old maps of berkshire, hampshire and wiltshire

Maps - Vol 10 - Berkshire, Hampshire & Wiltshire. An incredibly useful resource! Really high quality digitised maps that you can zoom in and in to see the finest detail.

Berkshire 1695, 1806, 1839, 1847, 1869, 1903

Hampshire 1695, 1839, 1849, 1885, 1889, 1927

Isle of Wight 1911, 1927 (Earlier maps of Hampshire also include the Isle of Wight)

Wiltshire 1695, 1839, 1842, 1849, 1903, 1927.

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murrays handbook for travellers in berks bucks and oxfordshire

Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire 1882 The third edition of this popular book presented as a fully searchable CD-Rom. This series of books was renowned worldwide for setting the standard for independent travellers.

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The Gentlemans Magazine The Gentleman's Magazine Library 1731-1868, Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces. In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index. An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places. Ref 0770 Price £14.50.
The Complete Parish Officer 1772 The Complete Parish Officer 1772. This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer. It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen. Ref 0766 Price £16.60.
Lyson's Magna Britannia - Berkshire Lyson's Magna Britannia - Berkshire (1806). A really excellent description and history of Berkshire, its towns and villages and people. Published in 1806. Illustrated with fine engravings.Ref 0434-2 Price £13.50
Highways & Byways in Berkshire
Highways and Byways in Berkshire. This book will always be popular with those having Berkshire ancestors.
Written in 1906, it gives a tour around all of the towns and villages explaining their history, antiquities, churches and people. Fascinating reading and great background information for your family history. Ref 1217 Price £14.50
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