The Society’s latest publication is in press. Vol 98. Church Surveys of Chichester Archdeaconry 1602, 1610 & 1636, edited by Joan Barham and Andrew Foster, provides transcriptions of church surveys conducted within the Archdeaconry of Chichester in the early seventeenth century. These surveys provide valuable evidence of the struggle by clergy, churchwardens and lay patrons to maintain the basic fabric of their churches and chapels, while also ensuring that the buildings were fit places for worship according to the standards being set for the times. The surveys are significant because few dioceses hold such comprehensive accounts for these three dates, and indeed the survival for 1602 is very rare.
The volume is richly illustrated throughout with images of watercolours painted at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, photographs produced for Archdeacon Walker in 1879, and photographs created by Joan Barham in the early twenty-first century. Distribution to members is scheduled for August, when the volume will also be available to purchase on this site.
[posted 3 June 2018]
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Saturday 2 June at The Keep, Falmer. All members will be welcome.
Further information, the agenda and papers can be downloaded here.
[posted 12 May 2018]