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Historical Records of Bisley with Lypiatt - Mary A. Rudd

Alan Sutton, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is heavily faded at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

A limited printing of 350 copies of which this is number 89. First in this edition. [First: Privately Printed by John Jennings in 250 Copies, 1937] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Tables; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “The Historical Records of Bisley-with-Lypiatt by Miss Rudd (d. Nov. 6 1945, aged 82) was published in 1937. One cannot do better than use the author’s own prospectus, a copy of which, together with correspondence by her, I have retained over the years.

It is proposed (she wrote) to print and issue by private subscription a limited edition of a History of Bisley, upon which I have been engaged for several years. No pains have been spared to make it as complete as possible and in addition to searching National and Local Records I have been fortunate in having permission to consult many documents which are not accessible to the general Public. Full advantage has been taken of this special favour, and of other sources, with the result that the History will be found packed with information, presented in a condensed but readable form.

The History covers the whole of the ancient parish of Bisley, with the exception of Stroud and Paganhill, both of which are fully dealt with in Fisher’s Reminiscences of Stroud.

The twelve chapters into which my Historical Records is divided will be found to present full accounts of the manors of Bisley and of the six independent manors with their ancient mansions, namely Througham, Sydenhams, Sturmye’s Court, Tunley, Denway and Ferris Court. The ecclesiastical history is enriched with authentic accounts of every ancient feature of the Church. The Manors of Over; Middle and Nether Lypiatt with the families owning them offer subjects of great import, whilst the tythings of Oakridge, Avenage, Chalford, Bussage, Bidfield and Steanbridge, with their share in the fortunes of the old clothier families, are here revealed in an unexpectedly interesting light, as their links with past centuries are unfolded. Notes on some of line principal old farms, houses, and families are given, land the records of wills of Bisley inhabitants at Somerset House and Gloucester Probate Registry.

A full index completes the work. The illustrations have been selected with the view of commemorating some of Bisley’s most ancient relics, many of which are destroyed or not easy of access.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 438 pages.

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