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The Clergy of the Church of England Database News and Events

2007-11-20: CCEd Online Journal

We are delighted to announce the addition to the website of the CCEd Online Journal. It currently includes articles by Bill Sheils and Richard Clark, and a note by Sarah Reveley. To view the journal, and for a full description of its aims and contents, please follow the link in the navigation bar on the right.

2007-11-20: November upgrade

We are pleased to announce a further upgrade of the CCEd site. The database now includes records relating to more than 75,000 individuals.

2007-09-24: Forthcoming event – Salisbury Cathedral 750: 1258–2008, 28 March 2008

Arthur Burns will talk about Salisbury cathedral and the diocese in the late Hanoverian period, drawing on the materials available in CCEd, at a conference on ‘Salisbury Cathedral 750: 1258–2008’ on 28 March 2008.

2007-09-24: Forthcoming event – Historical Association, Norwich Branch, 9 February 2008

Arthur Burns will give a talk on the Clergy Database and its value for research on the clergy and church in the localities at the Norwich branch of the Historical Association on 9 February 2008.

2007-09-24: September upgrade

We are pleased to announce an upgrade of the CCEd site. Some significant additions have been made to the website, and the database now includes more than 70,000 person records. The launch of our journal, CCEd Research Online, and the addition of a frequently asked questions page are now scheduled for the end of October.

2007-09-24: CCEd presentation at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 6 November 2007

Arthur Burns and Harold Short will deliver a presentation about the CCEd and the construction of on-line prosopographical databases at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on 6 November 2007

2007-09-20: Social networks in early modern England, 17–19 September 2007

Ken Fincham and Stephen Taylor delivered a paper on 'Clerical episcopalianism and conformity 1646–1660' at a conference on Social Networks in Early Modern England held at New College, Oxford, on 17–19 September 2008.

2007-09-20: Fingringhoe and the CCEd, 7 July 2007

Arthur Burns gave a talk on Fingringhoe, Essex, in aid of the Church Restoration fund, on ‘Fingringhoe and environs in the Clergy of the Church of England Database' on Saturday 7 July 2007.

2007-08-13: Upgrade

The CCEd team very much regret that we have not been able to upgrade the site since December 2006. A full upgrade, which will include the addition of our on-line journal, a frequently asked questions page, and major additions to the web site, is now scheduled for the autumn. In the interim the Database is being upgraded, with the addition of a further 20,000 person records. Consequently, there are now some 70,000 person records available on the public Database.

2007-08-13: In Further Celebration of the Clergy of the Church of England Database Project, 20 October 2007

On Saturday 20 October 2007 a one day conference will be held under the auspices of the Chichester Centre for Ecclesiastical Studies in collaboration with CCEd. This will explore the progress of the Project, some of the uses to which its materials can be put, and its future. All are welcome and there is no charge for attendance. For further details please contact m.e.clayton[at]reading.ac.uk or a.foster[at]chi.ac.uk.

2006-12-14: Details of the December upgrade

With the December upgrade, a major landmark has been reached: there are now over 50,000 person records available on the public Database. In addition, two major developments are worth highlighting: (1) linkage of the Canterbury records for the period 1540–1660 is now almost complete and includes a full list of locations for the diocese; and (2) linkage of records for the diocese of Chester for the period 1540–1660 is now almost complete, including a full list of locations for the diocese, with much new information relating to chapelries and schools. Full details of Database content can be found at:

2006-12-14: On-line journal: ‘CCEd Research On-line’

The Project apologizes for the fact that technical problems have delayed the launch of the on-line journal, ‘CCEd Research On-line’. The journal will now appear on the website early next year, and certainly by the end of May. The first article will be ‘The bishops and their dioceses: reform of visitation in the anglican church c.1680–c.1760’ by W. J. Sheils. Other submissions are also under consideration for publication in the first issue.

2006-11-14: Manchester conference 27 October 2006

On 27 October 2006 a conference took place on 'The northern diocese in the CCEd'. The event was attended by a large audience of academics and other historians. A brief report can be found by clicking on the link below, and we hope to include some of the papers in 'CCEd Research On-line' in due course.

2006-11-14: Recent developments on the website

The October upgrade includes two major developments: (1) linkage of the Canterbury records for the period 1540–1660 is now almost complete and includes a full list of locations for the diocese; and (2) linkage of records for the diocese of Chester for the period 1540–1660 is now almost complete, including a full list of locations for the diocese, with much new information relating to chapelries and schools. Full details of Database content can be found at:

2006-10-23: New on-line journal: ‘CCEd Research On-line’

The Project is pleased to announce that a new addition to the website that will be launched over the coming months: ‘CCEd Research On-line’. The aim of this initiative is to provide a forum, an on-line journal, for the publication of notes and articles that either draw on the materials made available by CCEd or relate in some ways to the concerns of the Project. We are pleased to announce that the first article – W. J. Sheils on ‘The bishops and their dioceses: reform of visitation in the anglican church c.1680–c.1760’ – will appear as part of the October upgrade of the website. We regret that, however, that the list of diocesan chancellors, edited by Andrew Foster and John Hawkins, has been further delayed. The Project Directors, who will act as the editors of CCEd Research On-line, welcome the submission of articles, either short or long, from anyone interested in contributing to the discussion of the Church of England and its clergy in the period between the Reformation and the mid-nineteenth century. They are also happy to discuss ideas for articles with prospective authors. All contributions will be peer reviewed, and their publication will be announced on this News page at each upgrade of CCEd. Copyright will remain with the contributors.

2006-10-23: New publication for genealogists

Users of the Database, particularly genealogists, may be interested in a new publication. Peter Towey’s ‘My Ancestor was an Anglican Clergyman’ provides a guide to researching ancestors who were Anglican clergymen. It includes an appendix on the Clergy of the Church of England Database. The pamphlet has been published by the Society of Genealogists Enterprises Limited (ISBN 1903462908). Details of this and other similar publications are available from the Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London. EC1M 7BA, and online at:

2006-10-23: Details of October 2006 upgrade

The CCEd was upgraded on 23 October 2006. Since the last upgrade in August, linkage has continued for the following dioceses: (i) Bath and Wells for the period 1700–1800; (ii) Bristol for the period 1660–1750; (iii) Chester for the period 1760–1835; (iv) Ely for the periods 1540–1646 and 1760–1835; (v) Lichfield for the period 1660–1760; (vi) Lincoln for the period 1750–1835; (vii) Oxford for the period 1660–1835; (viii) Salisbury for the period 1660–1760. The website materials remain much the same as in August, except that some additions have been made to the location lists, particularly for the diocese of Chester. The next upgrade is scheduled to take place in December. Full details of Database content can be found at:

2006-08-14: Manchester conference 27 October 2006

A conference sponsored by the CCEd project will take place in Manchester on Friday 27 October 2006. The title of the conference is ‘The “northern diocese” in the Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540–1835’. The conference will combine presentations from the Clergy Database team on their findings and papers by others researching the post-Reformation Church of England in the north, with the focus on the question of whether a distinctively ‘northern’ pattern emerges from such evidence. Dioceses under consideration will include Carlisle, Chester, Lichfield and Coventry, and Sodor and Man. The conference will take place in the Ground Floor Theatre, Simon Building, University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, off Oxford Road, Manchester. Registration is free. Please contact Janet Meredith (janet.meredith@manchester.ac.uk) if you would like to attend. Anyone who would like to offer a communication at the conference should contact Arthur Burns (arthur.burns@kcl.ac.uk).

2006-08-14: Details of August upgrade

The following changes have been made since the last upgrade of the CCEd: (i) Diocese of Bath and Wells: linkage of data to person and location is continuing for the period 1700–1800; (ii) Diocese of Bristol: linkage of data has begun for the period 1660–1750; (iii) Diocese of Chester: linkage of data to person and location is continuing for the period 1760–1835; (iv) Diocese of Ely: linkage of data is continuing for the periods 1540–1646 and 1760–1835; (v) Diocese of Lichfield: linkage has been completed for the period 1540–1646; linkage has begun for the period 1660–1760; some additional data, particularly relating to peculiars, has been added for the period 1760–1835; (vi) Diocese of Lincoln: linkage of data has begun for the period 1750–1835; (vii) Diocese of Oxford: some further data for the period 1660–1835 has also been linked to people and locations; (viii) Diocese of Salisbury: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations. The next upgrade is planned to take place in early October. Full details of Database content can be found at:

2006-07-22: ‘Royalist Capital and Commonwealth Melting-Pot: Oxford in the 1640s and 1650s’

‘Royalist Capital and Commonwealth Melting-Pot: Oxford in the 1640s and 1650s’, a conference held at St Anne's College, Oxford, on 21–3 July 2006: Stephen Taylor and Kenneth Fincham delivered a paper on ‘Bishop Robert Skinner and the survival of the Church of England’. Further details of the conference at

2006-07-03: AGM of The Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections

Mary Clayton delivered a paper on ‘The Clergy of the Church of England Database: recent developments’, at the AGM of The Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections held in Hereford Cathedral on 3 July 2006.

2006-03-16: History of Religion Seminar, University of Birmingham

Arthur Burns and Stephen Taylor delivered a paper entitled, ‘Was Lichfield and Coventry a northern diocese?’, at the History of Religion Seminar, University of Birmingham, on Thursday 16 March 2006.

2005-12-04: Details of December upgrade

The following changes have been made since the October upgrade of the CCEd: (i) Diocese of Oxford: some further data for the period 1660–1835 has also been linked to people and locations; some further documentation has been added; (ii) Diocese of Lichfield: some further linkage of data to people and locations has taken place for the periods 1540–1646; linkage has been completed for the period 1760–1835; some further documentation has been added; (iii) Diocese of Ely: linkage has been completed for the period 1660–1760; linkage of data is continuing for the periods 1540–1646 and 1760–1835; (iv) Diocese of Salisbury: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (v) Diocese of Chester: linkage of data has begun for the period 1760–1835; (vi) Diocese of Bath and Wells: linkage of data has begun for the period 1700–1800; some documentation has been added.

2005-10-11: Details of October upgrade

The following changes have been made since the July upgrade of the CCEd: (i) Diocese of Oxford: some further data for the period 1660–1736 has also been linked to people and locations; linkage has begun for the period 1736–1835; (ii) Diocese of Lichfield: some further linkage of data to people and locations has taken place for the periods 1540–1646; linkage is now virtually complete for the period 1760–1835; (iii) Diocese of Ely: linkage is virtually complete for the period 1660–1760; linkage of data is continuing for the period 1540–1646 and has begun for the period 1760–1835; (iv) Diocese of Salisbury: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (v) Diocese of Chester: linkage of data has begun for the period 1760–1835.

2005-07-16: Details of July upgrade

The following changes have been made since the June upgrade of the CCEd: (i) Diocese of Oxford: some further data for the period 1660–1736 has also been linked to people and locations; (ii) Diocese of Lichfield: some further linkage of data to people and locations has taken place for the periods 1540–1646 and 1760–1835; (iii) Diocese of Ely: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; linkage of data has begun for the period 1540–1646; (iv) Diocese of Salisbury: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (v) Website: Lists of parishes in the jurisdiction of the bishops of Rochester, Carlisle, Oxford, Lichfield, Sodor and Man, Ely, and Salisbury have been added. Other, minor additions have also been made to some web pages; (vi) Website:A draft working paper by the CCEd team, entitled ‘In and Out of the Archives’, is now available. Click here to view ‘In and Out of the Archives’:

2005-07-16: CCEd Research On-line

The Project is pleased to announce that a new addition to the website that will be launched over the coming months: ‘CCEd Research On-line’. The aim of this initiative is to provide a forum, an on-line journal, for the publication of notes and articles that either draw on the materials made available by CCEd or relate in some ways to the concerns of the Project. Among the first pieces planned for publication is a preliminary listing of all diocesan chancellors, a group of individuals only partially covered by the sources utilised in the making of CCEd, and a study of some of the peculiarities of the process of institution in the diocese of Chichester. The Project Directors, who will act as the editors of CCEd Research On-line, welcome the submission of articles, either short or long, from anyone interested in contributing to the discussion of the Church of England and its clergy in the period between the Reformation and the mid-nineteenth century. They are also happy to discuss ideas for articles with prospective authors. All contributions will be peer reviewed, and their publication will be announced on this News page at each upgrade of CCEd. Copyright will remain with the contributors.

2005-07-15: ‘Prosopography: Approaches and Applications’, Jesus College, Oxford

Stephen Taylor delivered a paper entitled, ‘Counting the clergy: the CCEd and the limitations of a prosopographical tool’, at the conference on ‘Prosopography: Approaches and Applications’, held at Jesus College, Oxford, 15–18 July 2005.

2005-06-29: Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading

Ken Fincham and Stephen Taylor gave a paper on ‘The survival and restoration of the Church of England 1646–1662: the evidence of episcopal ordinations in the Clergy of the Church of England Database’ at the seminar of the Early Modern Research Centre, at the University of Reading, on Wednesday 29 June 2005.

2005-06-01: Details of June upgrade

The following changes have been made since the launch of the CCEd at the end of April: (i) Diocese of Chester: linkage has begun for the period 1660–1760; (ii) Diocese of Chester: linkage has begun for the period 1660–1760; (iii) Diocese of Oxford: some further data for the period 1660–1736 has also been linked to people and locations; (iv) Diocese of Lichfield: some data for the period 1760–1835 has been linked to people and locations; linkage to locations has begun for data for the period 1540–1646; (v) Diocese of Ely: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (vi) Diocese of Salisbury: some further data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (vii) some corrections have been made to the web pages.

2005-04-29: New website address for CCEd

The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540–1835 has moved to a new website address. If you have been using the pilot version of the website, please update your bookmark to point to the new address:

2005-04-29: Additional content now available

The pilot version of the Database that has been available hitherto only contained data for the diocese of Rochester. With the public launch, further materials will be made available: (i) Diocese of Carlisle: data for the period 1761–1835, which has been linked to people and locations; supporting reference materials; (ii) Diocese of Sodor and Man: all available data, which has been linked to people and locations; supporting reference materials; (iii) Diocese of Oxford: data for the period 1540–1646, which has been linked to people and locations; some data for the period 1660–1736 has also been linked to people and locations; supporting reference materials; (iv) Diocese of Lichfield: some data for the period 1760–1835 has been linked to people and locations; supporting reference materials; (v) Diocese of Ely: some data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations; (vi) Diocese of Salisbury: some data for the period 1660–1760 has been linked to people and locations.

2005-03-31: Public launch of CCEd

The public launch of the CCEd will take place in the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace on 29 April 2005. At this time the pilot version of the Database, containing data for the diocese of Rochester only, will be withdrawn, and it will be replaced with a new public website. Initially, this will make available materials for the dioceses of Rochester (1540–1835), Sodor and Man (1660–1835), Oxford (1540–1736), Carlisle (1761–1835), and Lichfield (1760–1835), along with a little material for the dioceses of Ely (1660–1760) and Salisbury (1660–1760). Reference materials will be available for Carlisle, Oxford, Rochester, and Sodor and Man. After 29 April 2005 the intention is that the website and Database will be updated regularly, every 1–2 months. Over the next few months further data will be added for Oxford, Lichfield, Ely and Salisbury, and it is planned that a start will be made on releasing data for a further diocese, probably Lincoln. At the same time enhancements will be made to the website.Each upgrade of the Database will be announced on the News page of the website, along with details of what new data has been added.

2005-01-26: Early Modern History Seminar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor gave a paper on, ‘The survival and restoration of the Church of England 1646–1662: the evidence of episcopal ordinations in the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, at the Early Modern History Seminar, held at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on 26 January 2005.

2004-12-31: New AHRC grant awarded

The CCEd has been awarded a further grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This grant, commencing in March 2005 and running for three years, will fund the second stage of the Project. This will involve further processing of the data already collected in order to make it more accessible and comprehensible for users and also to facilitate complex statistical analysis.

2004-12-02: Approaches in Prosopography Seminar, University of Oxford

Stephen Taylor read a paper entitled, ‘Counting the clergy: the CCEd and the limitations of a prosopographical tool’, at the Approaches in Prosopography Seminar, at the Centre for Prosopography, University of Oxford, on 2 December 2004.

2004-11-18: 29th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago

Stephen Taylor read a paper on 'The geography of the Church of England in the early modern period and computers: the experience of the CCEd', as part of Session 188, 'Spatial Analysis of Religion', at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago, on 18 November 2004.

2004-10-01: Franco-British Conference, Institute of Historical Research, London

Arthur Burns gave a paper entitled, ‘In and out of the archives: some reflections on the diocesan records of the Church of England since the Reformation’, at the Franco-British Conference, ‘Du papier à l'archive, du privé au public: France et Iles Britanniques, deux mémoires', held at the Institute of Historical Research, London, on 1 October 2004. View the text at

2004-07-19: ‘Resourcing Sources VIII’, University of Oxford

Stephen Taylor gave a talk entitled, 'The Clergy of the Church of England Database: the conception of an on-line digital resource', at the colloquium, 'Resourcing Sources VIII: Creating Digital Resources for Historians',held at the University of Oxford on 19 July 2004.

2004-07-10: 1400 Years of History. Rochester Cathedral and Diocese 604–2004

Arthur Burns delivered a talk on ‘The clergy of the diocese of Rochester from the Reformation to the Victorian period’ as part of ‘1400 Years of History. Rochester Cathedral and Diocese 604–2004’, a programme of events to celebrate aspects of the history of Rochester cathedral, the diocese of Rochester and West Kent,held on Saturday 10 July 2004.

2004-06-17: Annual Conference of the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association

Kenneth Fincham gave a presentation on ‘The Clergy of the Church of England Database’ to the Annual Conference of the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association on 17 June 2004.

2004-02-11: School of History, University of Kent

Kenneth Fincham gave a paper on ‘The Clergy of the Church of England Database Project’ at the Research Seminar, School of History, University of Kent at Canterbury, on 11 February 2004.

2004-01-31: Recherche assistée par ordinateur, Université Paris X Nanterre

Stephen Taylor read a paper on ‘Reconstructing clerical careers: the experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, at the Colloque international, Recherche assistée par ordinateur, L'analyse des données, held at the Centre de recherches en études anglaises at the Université Paris X Nanterre, on 31 January 2004.

2003-06-30: Prosopography and Computers, University of Oxford

Stephen Taylor gave a talk entitled, ‘Reconstructing clerical careers: the experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, at the colloquium on Prosopography and Computers, Resourcing Sources VII: Digital History, held at the Oxford University Computing Service, on 30 June 2003.

2003-06-20: ‘Bishop Burgess and his world’, University of Wales Lampeter

Arthur Burns and Stephen Taylor gave ta talk entitled, ‘Reconstructing clerical careers: the experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, at the conference, ‘Bishop Burgess and his world’, held at the University of Wales, Lampeter, in June 2003.

2001-04-20: Royal Historical Society Conference, York

Arthur Burns and Stephen Taylor gave a presentation on ‘The CCEd and the public’ at the RHS Conference, ‘Historians and their Publics’, held at the University of York, on 20 April 2001.

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