The parsonage: a social history

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Clergy houses – rectory, vicarage, later manse, presbytery, and chapel-house – have played an important and varied role in English communities from the middle ages to the present day. We will use the evidence of architecture,official documents,private records and literary accounts to discuss the buildings, their occupants and their wider and changing significance.

Course Programme

Friday 23 March 2012

Please plan to arrive between 4:30 and 6:30. You can meet other course members in the bar which opens at 6:15. Tea and Coffee making facilities are available in the study bedrooms.

19:15 Dinner
20:30 Parsonages, priests and people: some themes in architecture and history
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Saturday 24 March 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Parishes, priests and their houses: the middle ages
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Post-Reformation parsonages
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free
16:00 Tea
16:30 The golden age of the English parsonage? The 18th and 19th centuries
19:15 Dinner
20:30 Vicarage life in literature and history
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Sunday 25 March 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 The parsonage in town and city
Catholics and Dissenters: the other clergy houses
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Vicarages and rectories: the recent past and present day
Tracing the history of a parsonage
13:00 Lunch

The course will disperse after lunch


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Course details

Start date

23 March 2012 (19:15)

End date

25 March 2012 (14:00)

Course code



1 weekend


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Accommodation fees

Single room: £110
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £90