|How did you learn about My-Parish?|
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|What aspects of parish life, culture and heritage most interest you?|
|Which regions most interest you?|
|Please briefly describe your parish interests and any past and present parish-related projects||
I live in West Sussex and the parishes I have done most work on in association with local history groups are: Yapton, Ford and Slindon. My main project, however, which will hopefully provide alI those working on parishes with some context, is a two volume history of the dioceses of England and Wales, 1540-1700; the second volume will be a catalogue of the records of dioceses, cathedrals, archdeaconries and peculiar jurisdictions. The first volume will answer basic – frequently ignored – questions about how dioceses worked, who really ran them, what they had in common, unique features, key moments of stress in their history, notably of course the Civil Wars and Interregnum, and how long it took the Church of England to get established in the first place – on Elizabeth's accession – and then after 1660. A tall order, hence the 'lifetime' I have taken in working on this!
|What resources or experiences were most influential in shaping your parish interests?||
Work with Valerie Hitchman on churchwardens' accounts has been my most recent influence, although research into the history of Slindon – a lovely case study of a peculiar jurisdiction in the 'control' of the Archbishops of Canterbury – has been another, particularly owing to what it reveals about the survival of a strong Catholic community here in the south.
|With what parish or parishes do you feel the strongest connection and why?||
Slindon: where we have many friends and we have produced a pamphlet on the clergy and parish.