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Postscript to becoming 'A Society in Union'

HQ of the Society of Antiquaries of London
HQ of the Society of Antiquaries of London


This scheme had been set up by the Society of Antiquaries of London. CWAAS had been invited to let its name go forward for registration in June 1889. Its registration was acknowledged in a letter of July 8th, 1889.

*Among topics suggested as suitable for discussion at the first Congress of Societies in Union was 'the publication of parish registers'.

*CWAAS was represented at the Congress by R.A. Allison, Esq., M.P. and H. Swainson-Cowper, Esq., F.S.A. (July 17th, 1889).

*Delegates attended from the Archaeological Societies of Berkshire, Bristol and Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.

There was discussion of placing old local field names on the 6" scale maps; of keeping vigilant for destruction of ancient monuments or buildings; of a uniform method for transcription of Parish Registers; and of a forthcoming Act for the Preservation of Public and Private records. To read the correspondence, and the report of the first Congress CLICK HERE

Publishing Parish Registers

Dacre Parish Church
Dacre Parish Church


*CWAAS began publication of Parish Registers in 1912, the first Register being that of Dacre Parish Church, 1559-1716.

The most recent publication was that of St James's Parish Church, Burton-in-Kendal, 1653-1837, transcribed by the late Peter Gaskins, which appeared in July 2004. A report appeared in Newsletter No. 47, Autumn 2004.

See OUR PUBLICATIONS page for details of the book.

St James
St James's Parish Church, Burton-in-Kendal


Interior, St James
Interior, St James's Parish Church


 The late Peter Gaskins (l.), and Richard Hall, then CWAAS Gen. Sec., discuss the newly-launched book.
The late Peter Gaskins (l.), and Richard Hall, then CWAAS Gen. Sec., discuss the newly-launched book.


The Society of Antiquaries of London had been discussing important aspects of handling our heritage from 1886, before it had had the notion of setting up a group of 'Societies in Union'. It had long been in contact with County Archaeology Societies, including CWAAS, being very anxious about

  • the promotion and protection of Court Rolls and Manorial Records; and
  • setting up measures to protect ancient monuments.

It had co-operated with General A. Pitt-Rivers, F.R.S., F.S.A., Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Great Britain, who was encouraging owners of such monuments to place them under the protection of the Scheduled Monuments Act.

To learn how CWAAS responded regarding Court Rolls, and to follow developments concerning these other matters click on the following documents. DOCUMENT 1 DOCUMENT 2
















































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