Bradfield College register (CD) (Digitised copy of 1888 publication.)

Andrew Punshon.

This is a facsimile copy (including blank pages) of the college register in West Berkshire Library. It starts with six “photographic views … taken by new process” (which apparently cost them £20 each) but which have unfortunately been printed across the width of the page rather than utilising its height. Bradfield College for boys was a public school founded in 1850 by the Rev Thomas Stevens, with impressive lists of trustees and council members. The introductory pages include names of the staff, cricket and football teams, match results, clubs, examination results and many other college details. The alphabetical index of boys runs from pages 37 to 48 in the register, and is followed by the register itself, where each entry runs across two pages (viewed one below the other). Many of the boys came from outside Berkshire, so this should have a wide appeal to all family historians with gentry ancestors.

Jean Debney

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