From the Middle Ages to the present day, parsonagesvicarages, rectories, and later manses, presbyteries, and chapel houseshave been among the most significant dwellings in every kind of British community. Their roles have been wide and varied. Architecturally important, and ranging from medieval vernacular buildings to the bespoke house designs of leading architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the more modest homes of today's clergy, parsonages are important not only as buildings but for the part theyand their occupantshave played in the life of local communities, and in their links with the wider world. The parsonage, a hub of activity and connection, a place of change and continuity, provides fascinating historical insights both general and local. This study draws on the evidence of architecture, official documents, private records, literary accounts, and contemporary and modern images to build a picture of parsonages and their occupants. It includes a section on tracing the history of a parsonage.
About the Author
Dr. Kate Tiller is Reader Emerita in English Local History at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Kellogg College, and a visiting Fellow in English Local History at the University of Leicester. She has a longstanding interest in the religious and social history of local communities on which she has taught and published extensively. She was born in a Fenland Vicarage built in 1857.
Table of Contents
Parsonage Histories: Houses, Priests and People / Setting the Pattern: Medieval Priests' Houses / The Post-Reformation Parsonage / Georgian Parsonages: A Golden Age? / Victorian and Edwardian Heyday / Vicarages and Rectories: The Recent Past / Further Reading / Tracing the History of a Parsonage: A Checklist of Sources / Index