Reading St Laurence Parish Registers CD

(Berks FHS, 2009) CD, baptisms 1605 - 2005, marriages,1605 - 1963, banns 1654 - 2000 and burials 1605 - 1901

Hurrah! – this completes the published trilogy of the registers of the three ancient parishes in Reading: St Mary, St Giles and now, St Laurence. The old church of St Laurence was demolished in 1121 to make way for  Henry I’s new abbey, and the present church was built adjacent to the Compter gateway into the abbey precinct. Here it was in a good position to serve the crowds who flocked to the abbey via the busy market place, originally known as Butter Market. The well-written history of the parish and other features in this  part of Reading is illustrated with plenty of images and maps mainly from the Local Studies Collection in Reading Library. Included are full details of all the available registers in the Berkshire Record Office  followed by fully searchable transcripts using the Adobe Acrobat function ctrl F. It is, as usual, a good idea to read the introduction to find out how to use the contents and the methods used.

Jean Debney

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