Ecclesiastical and Religious History Datasets

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Study Number 1660: Segregation and Social Structure in Early 20th Century Belfast: An eight per cent sample of households was drawn from the 1901 Census schedules (Public Record Office, Dublin) and all variables on the form recorded: age, sex, relationship to head,birthplace, religion, occupation, literacy, Irish language. Each sample household was also linked with valuation data from the special valuation of Belfast, 1900-1901, and also with the Belfast and Ulster directory for 1896 and 1906, to discern whether the same family was at the address in those years.

Study Number 1853: Census Southwark - Parishes of Christ Church, St Thomas and St Saviour: Names, position in family, age, marital status, area of birth, reference to RG9 piece number and folio number.

Study Number 3040: Bromyard Workhouse Database, 1840: The main topic of this dataset is the Poor law, more specifically, workhouse admissions and discharges; date admitted; date discharged; length of time spent in workhouse. Data provided covers: Inmate name; age; parish responsible for pauper; occupation; illegitimacy; marital status; able bodied or disabled; financial support from a charity; reason for entering workhouse; cleanliness; religion; person responsible for admitting or discharging pauper (board of guardians, overseers of the poor, relieving officer, master); date of entry in register; pauper classification; behaviour whilst in workhouse; other information.

Study Number 3579: Database of Irish Historical statistics - Religion, 1861-1911:The main tables are:

  • Total number of Roman Catholics, Church of Ireland members, Presbyterians, Methodists, Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Jews and others grouped by baronies and gender (1861 only).

Study Number 3897: Taxatio Database, 1291-1292: The aims and objectives of the year's work sponsored by the ESRC are as follows: The database is in two parts. One set of tables is concerned with the provision of all the material for a new edition of the spiritualities part of the assessment. All the many manuscript versions of the assessment are being collated into a core table, and there are tables for variant readings and variant spellings of names, and for items additional to the basic text. The other set of tables is concerned with providing an ecclesiastical geography of later medieval England and Wales: every benefice is identified with its modern place name, broken down into its details (e.g. chapels, portions and pensions) with their values. Grid references are supplied where appropriate. Further tables support these with comments, bibliographic references and fuller name information.

Study Number 4105: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics: Religion, 1669-1974: The main tables are:

  • Church of England. Number of incumbents, by diocese, 1832, 1879-1890
  • Church in Wales (before 1920 Church of England). Number of incumbents, baptisms, Easter communicants and Sunday scholars, by diocese, 1885-1974
  • Church in Wales. Number of churches, by diocese, 1832-1973
  • Nonconformist congregations, by county, 1672, 1716 and 1742
  • Baptists. Number of churches, members and Sunday scholars, by association, 1839-1865
  • Baptists. a) Members, 1669-1860; b) number of churches, chapels, pastors, members, Sunday school scholars and baptisms, by county, 1861-1972
  • Calvinistic Methodists. Number of chapels, churches, ministers, lay preachers, communicants, Sabbath scholars and adherents, by county, 1860, 1885-1973
  • Methodists. Number of members, by districts, 1767-1968
  • Congregationalists and Welsh Independents. Number of churches, ministers, members and Sabbath scholars, by county, 1861-1891 and 1897-1975
  • Roman Catholics. Number of clergy and churches (from 1838), schools, Catholics, baptisms, marriages and conversions (from 1911), by diocese, 1838-1974
  • Religious Census of 1851, summary table for Wales
  • Communicants, by county and denomination, 1905
  • Marriages, by type of rite, quinquennially, 1839-1972

Administrative / Biographical History

Study Number 1660: Segregation and Social Structure in Early 20th Century Belfast: To collect data which would facilitate the analysis of segregation and social structure in early twentieth century Belfast in relation to the main religious groups in the city - Catholics, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists and other Protestant groups.

Study Number 1853: Census Southwark - Parishes of Christ Church, St Thomas and St Saviour: To provide information on individuals and families to people engaged in family history research.

Study Number 3040: Bromyard Workhouse Database, 1840: The aim of this dataset is to investigate the time spent in a workhouse by inmates.

Study Number 3579: Database of Irish Historical statistics - Religion, 1861-1911: The purpose of the project was to provide machine-readable economic and social history statistics relating to the whole of Ireland for the period 1821-1971. This study is one of a series of 16 studies.

Study Number 3897: Taxatio Database, 1291-1292: The aims and objectives of the year's work sponsored by the ESRC are as follows :

  • To bring together the data from all the complete versions of the 1291-1292 assessment of ecclesiastical 'spiritualities'
  • To enter the data on the existing database
  • To analyze the manuscripts (MSS) and explanation of the methods of data collection in an article for publication

Study Number 4105: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics: Religion, 1669-1974: This machine-readable version of John Williams' Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics is the result of a collaboration between the Statistical Directorate of the National Assembly for Wales, the History Data Service and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen's University Belfast.John Williams' Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics is intended to provide a service for those working on the history of modern Wales. It arises from a belief that the quantitative element is a necessary and important part of the historical record; from an awareness that it was an aspect that was particularly inaccessible for scholars of Welsh history; and from a conviction that some encouragement in the use of quantitative material was necessary. It is modelled on the two volumes dedicated to British historical statistics: Mitchell, B.R. and Deane, P. (1962) Abstract of British historical statistics and Mitchell, B.R. and Jones, H.G. (1971) Second abstract of British historical statistics. This study is one of a series of 13 studies.

Arrangement

Study Number 1660: Segregation and Social Structure in Early 20th Century Belfast: Includes two tab delimited text files.

Study Number 1853: Census Southwark - Parishes of Christ Church, St Thomas and St Saviour: Includes one tab delimited text file.

Study Number 3040: Bromyard Workhouse Database, 1840: Includes two tab delimited text files.

Study Number 3579: Database of Irish Historical statistics - Religion, 1861-1911: Includes four tab delimited files.

Study Number 3897: Taxatio Database, 1291-1292: Includes thirteen tab delimited text files.

Study Number 4105: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics: Religion, 1669-1974: Includes seventy-eight files containing one worksheet.

Conditions Governing Access

By written application to the History Data Service. A letter of introduction may be required and prospective users will be obliged to sign an undertaking outlining the terms and conditions of access to the research materials.

Acquisition Information

Study Number 1660: Segregation and Social Structure in Early 20th Century Belfast: Hepburn, A.C., New University of Ulster, Department of History; Collins, B., New University of Ulster, Department of History. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Number - HR5265).

Study Number 1853: Census Southwark - Parishes of Christ Church, St Thomas and St Saviour: Kenward, E.M., West Surrey Family History Society.

Study Number 3040: Bromyard Workhouse Database, 1840: Crompton, F., Worcester College of Higher Education.

Study Number 3579: Database of Irish Historical statistics - Religion, 1861-1911: Clarkson, L.A., Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Economic and Social History; Kennedy, L., Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Economic and Social History; Crawford, E.M., Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Economic and Social History; Dowling, M.W., Queen's University of Belfast, Department of Economic and Social History. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council and Queen's University of Belfast. Grant Number: R000232051 for the period 1821-1911; R000234724 for the period 1911-1971.

Study Number 3897: Taxatio Database, 1291-1292: Denton, J.H., University of Manchester, Department of History; Davnall, S., University of Manchester, Manchester Computing. Sponsored by: Economic and Social Research Council and Leverhulme Trust. All the work of the research team between 1984 and 1995 was unfunded. The first grant to be awarded (for Professor Denton to work on the full manuscripts of the 1291-1292 ecclesiastical assessment) was the ESRC award mentioned above. This has been followed by the Leverhulme award, also mentioned above, for the appointment of a Research Associate for a period of three years.

Study Number 4105: Digest of Welsh Historical Statistics: Religion, 1669-1974: Williams, J., University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Department of Economics, National Assembly for Wales, Statistical Directorate; University of Essex, History Data Service; Queen's University of Belfast, Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis; Sponsored by: Higher Education Funding Councils, Joint Information Systems Committee.

Note

This record was compiled by David Borg-Muscat, UK Data Archive.

Record entered by Nadeem Ahmad of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Other Finding Aids

A collection level record for all materials in the Ecclesiastical and Religious History collection is available via the History Data Service's online Browse Collections web page.

Conditions Governing Use

No part of the History Data Service material may be reproduced, published, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the HDS.

Custodial History

At various dates depositors placed their material with the History Data Service, UK Data Archive.

Additional Information

History Data Service, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.