Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoP86/1
TitleCirencester parish records
DescriptionRegisters 1560-2006; benefice papers 1666-1938; papers of former incumbents 1599-1916; vestry minutes 1613-1886; PCC minutes 1913-1927; lease books of parish property (1686)-1865; papers concerning repair and rebuilding of town hall 1813-1835; sexton's accounts 1775-1827; parish clerk's accounts 1790-1839; overseers' accounts 1753-1754, 1809-1927; churchwardens' accounts 1666-1930; deeds and leases of parish property 1679-1921; churchwardens' papers 1867-1937; registers of pews and pew-rents c.1680-1916; deeds, leases, minutes, accounts and other papers of parish charities c.1225-1950; minutes and accounts of ringing club 1828-1914; Cirencester deanery minutes 1858-1898; grammar school managers' papers (1619)-1937; deed of Watermoor school site 1855; organ specification and estimate, 1866; parish magazines, 1889-1934,1939-1940, 1987-1998; annual reports as presented at annual PCC meetings, 1989-1996; digital copies of scrapbooks compiled by incumbents between 1898 and 1919, made 2010; scrapbooks containing orders of service and related papers for music performed in services, collated by Rev John Beck and Brian Carter, 1977-1996; notes compiled by Brian Carter relating to his recordings of music performed at Cirencester parish church, 1977-1996; digital copies of Brian Carter's recordings of music performed at Cirencester parish church, (1977-1996); **Cirencester Parochial Church Council papers, 1870-2017, accession 14896: listing available in accession record; *Records of the development of the Parish Centre, including plans, correspondence, reports, specifications and photographs, 1995-2012
Admin HistoryCirencester is an ancient parish in the Diocese of Gloucester, including Holy Trinity chapel of ease at Watermoor, the records of which have been catalogued separately as P86/2
Custodial HistoryDeposited by the Vicar and PCC, 21 March 1952, 1 June and 31 October 1957, 15 June and 14 November 1962, 22 August and 6 September 1978, 27 March 2008, 7 January 2011, 10 July 2015 and 1 October 2019, by the Gloucestershire County Council Public Assistance Department, 1 January 1938 (item P86/1 OV 2/1), and by the Trustees of the Bingham Library, 25 September 1957 (items P86a IN 1/1, 2/1 and 4/1, CW 2/1, 2/2 and 3/1, VE 3/1-7, 4/1-4 and 5/1-9, OV 2/1, CH 1/1, 2/1-5, 3/1-2, 4/1-5, 5/1 and 6/1, and SC 1; most of these records came originally from the office of Timothy Stevens junior, who succeeded his father Timothy as parish clerk in 1816, and died in 1839. They form part of a large collection of Cirencester material which was presented to the Bingham Library in 1923 by George A H White of Chippenham (Wilts). A letter accompanying this gift is quoted in the Bingham Library Annual Report for 1923-4: "They belonged to...Mr. Timothy Stevens, a solicitor of Cirencester, who died in 1839. They seem then to have gone to my father, the late G.S. White, at Fairford, who was at one time in Mr. Stevens' office, and remained there until 1886. On my father's death...they were still preserved, tied up in large bundles, and have been in my possession unpacked till quite recently..."); given by Magdalen College, Oxford, 18 May 2009 (item P86/1 CW 3/77), by the Venerable Hedley Ringrose, Archdeacon of Cheltenham (a former incumbent), 8 December 2009, by the Cirencester Town Hall Project, 5 November 2012 and by F Eric Roberts, 10 July 2015; transferred from Cirencester Library, 24 March 2010; and gifted by the Librarian of York Minster, 25 July 2017
Some of the documents in this collection were previously in the custody of Mullings Ellett, solicitors, including acc 14751 deposited on 6 June 2018. Some of the parish magazines originally came from Cirencester Library.
Related Material[See also P86/2 (Cirencester, Watermoor)]
Access ConditionsThis collection is owned by the incumbent and PCC and is made available to users by their kind agreement. Information contained in this collection is made available in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as well as with the access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998
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