Monumental Inscription projects

The Society has for the last 20 years been transcribing and publishing the Monumental Inscriptions of Herefordshire.

The project is nowhere near finished, and there are many more parishes yet to be done.

Every effort is taken to produce an accurate record as possible, the stones are recorded and then checked by two different persons, preferably on the same day, a plan of the churchyard made, indicating types of monument, and location in the graveyard or inside of the Church.

Once completed, the data is typed up, printed out and re-checked against the original transcription. An index is then made of the Names and Places mentioned on the stones.

We are actively seeking more help locally, to actually record and check the transcription, also in the preparation of the site plans, which are published as part of the finding aids on the finished fiche. For anyone who might like to attend, the Herefordshire FHS will be recording MIs at the following graveyards:

Dates for 2009:

TBA

Dates may be subject to change, please contact our Co-Ordinator Angela Golding for details, on 01432 274438.

The typing and indexing of the records tends to be done by those doing the actual recording and so we have a small team of volunteers who carry out this task.
The end result is then published on fiche and will in turn be compiled into another index similar to the recently released CD-ROM of Monumental Inscriptions.
For details of parishes already completed please see the page.

If you would like to help with the transcribing, checking and typing of the data please cont

Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Collection Volume 3

Many Monumental Inscriptions have been published by the society on fiche, however the availability of fiche readers is rapidly declining (although we have one available at the Centre for Heritage and Family History, and some local libraries still have them) and the format is not as convenient as it might be for many potential users.

This publication BRK 0286 available from the shop contains a third batch of data on CD-ROM, comprising  where appropriate virtually identical text to that which was on the original fiche (and retaining the original acknowledgements) but in *.pdf files. 

For some burial grounds the data was not accompanied by photographs (and in one case, Reading Baptist, the material dates from when photography was not generally available) and was generally produced using a word-processor in a variety of text formats which are not compatible with the way in which we now produce CD-ROM publications, however the data has been updated where practicable but these burial grounds have not been re-surveyed.

Four of the included burial grounds, surveyed initially some years ago, have been comprehensively re-surveyed and all extant monuments have photographs; a fifth former church has newly-published photos, to accompany the previously recorded transcriptions, and all have been newly indexed.

The burial grounds included in this publication are:

Avington St Mark & St Luke (1731-1999, with photos)

Enborne St Michael and All Angels (1757-2018, with photos)

Grazeley All Saints (former, 1853-2017, with photos)

Grove St John (1816-2015, with photos)

Hungerford St Lawrence (1693-1978)

Reading Baptist Burial Ground (former, 1725-1861, sadly, no photos)

Shurlock Row All Saints (1876-1980, with photos)

 Theale Holy Trinity(1826-2001)

Winterbourne St James (1657-1985)

Cover of the CD publication:

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Page updated May 2019

Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Volume 2

The society is continuing the process of publishing Monumental Inscriptions completed by the society, previously mostly available on fiche, however the availability of fiche readers is rapidly declining (although we have one available at the Centre for Heritage and Family History, and some local libraries still have them) and the format is not as convenient as it might be for many potential users.

This publication BRK 0280 available from the shop contains another batch of data on CD-ROM, comprising  virtually identical text to that which was on the original fiche (and retaining the original acknowledgements) but in *.pdf files. As the data was not previously accompanied by photographs and was generally produced using a word-processor in a variety of text formats which are not compatible with the way in which we now produce CD-ROM publications.The data has been updated where practicable and some of the burial grounds have been re-surveyed and re-indexed with photographs.

The burial grounds included in this publication are:

Beech Hill Baptist church  (1826 - 1986)

Caversham Victoria Road cemetery (1885 - 1997)

(also known as Caversham Hemdean Road cemetery)

Eddington, St Saviour (1835-1953) *

Goosey, All Saints (1718 - 2012)

Lyford, St Mary (1851 - 2013)

Midgham, St Matthew (1844 - 2015)

Mortimer, Methodist Chapel (1871 - 2004)*

Newbury, St Nicolas (1519 - 2002)

Newbury, United Reformed Church (1754 - 1889)**

Oare, St Bartholomew (1826 - 1984)

* Both are now private houses

** Currently closed and scheduled for demolition

Front cover of the CD publication:

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Page revised December 2018

Wokingham St Sebastian Monumental InscriptIons

The recording of the inscriptions at St Sebastian on Nine Mile Ride, as a branch project for the Bracknell and Wokingham branch is now complete, and the CD is available from the shop.

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Version 2 of the CD includes all extant memorials in the church, churchyard and adjacent municipal cemetery, with photographs, and additional material from the church registers. It includes interactive CAD plans of the entire site and is fully indexed with approxmately 2,200 names.

As far as is known, these burial grounds have not previously been surveyed or recorded.

If you want any further information about the transcription activity please contact us via the Projects Coordinator (please put [MI] in the subject, which will help us to forward to the appropriate person),

Information revised December 2018

Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Collection Volume 1

Many Monumental Inscriptions have been published by the society on fiche, however the availability of fiche readers is rapidly declining (although we have one available at the Centre for Heritage and Family History, and some local libraries still have them) and the format is not as convenient as it might be for many potential users.

This publication BRK 0265 available from the shop contains an initial batch of data on CD-ROM, comprising  virtually identical text to that which was on the original fiche (and retaining the original acknowledgements) but in *.pdf files. The data was not accompanied by photographs and was generally produced using a word-processor in a variety of text formats which are not compatible with the way in which we now produce CD-ROM publications, however the data has been updated where practicable but the burial grounds have not been re-surveyed.

In one case the original material was in fully hand-written format and has been newly transcribed and indexed.

The burial grounds included in this publication are:

Aldworth St Mary (1669-1984)

Ashampstead St Clement (1715-1984, some burials "168?")

Lower Basildon St Bartholomew (1497-1963)

Midgham Park (new transcription) (1712-1895);

(Please note that the inscriptions for Midgham St Matthew are now available on the Berkshire Monumental Inscriptions Collection, Volume 2 publication.)

Reading St Laurence (1672-1901)

Remenham St Nicholas (1591-2001)

 Shippon St Mary Magdalene (1852-2012)

 Woolhampton St Peter (1684-1986)

Cover of the CD publication:

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Page updated December 2018

Wokingham All Saints Monumental Inscriptions

Members of the Berkshire Family History Society surveyed the old churchyard at All Saints' church, Wokingham, in 1986-1991, and published the data on fiche in 1991, including inscriptions in the porch, bell tower and vestry, as well as those in the body of the church.

Opportunity was taking to update this in 2004-2006 by including the Norreys Avenue extension, consecrated in 1933, and with a further 825 graves, and additional memorials which had been subsequently added to the old churchyard. Approximately 330 photographs of notable graves are included and details added of those which are commemorated on the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The CD-ROM was published in October 2006.

Note: since then Adobe Reader software has been updated several times and the "Back" button referred to in text no longer exists, however the same fuction can be acieved by using "Alt" plus "Left Arrow" together.

If you want any further information about the transcription activity please contact us via the Projects Coordinator (please put [MI] in the subject, which will help us to forward to the appropriate person), and more about the church can be found here

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Information revised August 2014

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