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The Wake Visitation and social and religious structures in the East and South Midlands c.1710

The Wake Visitation and social and religious structures in the East and South Midlands c.1710

This project by John Broad uses the detailed information in Bishop Wake's pioneering printed questionnaire returns for the diocese of Lincoln (stretching from the Thames to the Humber) to analyse demographic, social and religious structures in the diocese. The first stage was completed in 2012 and published as a two-volume edition by the British Academy & OUP:

Bishop Wake's Summary of Visitation Returns from the Diocese of Lincoln 1705-15, Part 1 Lincolnshire Edited by John Broad OUP/British Academy (Records of Social and Economic History 49) 420 pages ISBN 978-0-19-726518-5.

Bishop Wake's Summary of Visitation Returns from the Diocese of Lincoln 1706-15, Part 2 Huntingdonshire, Hertfordshire (part), Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire Edited by John Broad OUP/British Academy ( Records of Social and Economic History 50)520 pages ISBN: 978-0-19-726519-2.

The next stage, signalled in the Introduction to that edition involves the updating of an existing database of information from Bishop Wake's summary of the returns by the addition of further data for 1715 and from the original returns. It will also involve the linking of the Wake parishes to the Group's GIS system to permit mapping of a wide variety of social and religious phenomena.

Apart from providing good population totals for more than 10 per cent of English parishes c.1710, the project will provide a geography of dissent, of educational provision, and even the make possible the tracing of local preacher networks at the hundred level. Further analysis provides parish-level data on church and communion attendance and of the prevalence and use of public and private penance. The aim of the project is to diffuse this analysis through articles and a monograph.