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The Bishop's Day Book

In July 2011, in conjunction with the Diocese of Gloucester, the Friends of Herefordshire Record Office and Herefordshire Record Office itself, the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives purchased the day book of George Huntingford (1748-1832), Bishop of Gloucester 1802-1815, and Bishop of Hereford, 1815-1832. The book seems to have been Bishop Huntingford's "office diary", and it includes copy in- and out-letters, notes of archdeacons' visitations to various parishes, records of ordinations and lists of clergy. The archdeacons' visitations are particularly fascinating, being notes on the way the parishes were being run - sometimes less well than the Bishop might have desired, if the entry for Buckland in 1809 is anything to go by: "[Parsonage] House dilapidated. Inhabited by Woman Deranged."

The earlier entries relate to Huntingford's time as Bishop of Gloucester, but when he became Bishop of Hereford in 1815 he took the book with him and from then on used it in the diocese of Hereford. This makes it equally interesting for both Gloucestershire Archives and Herefordshire Record Office and a digital copy has been made and sent to Herefordshire, the original being kept at Gloucester: you can see it at GDR/A14/11/1.

Bishops Huntigfoord's Day Book

Last edited: 9th January 2013