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Thames Valley Papists – the book


Thames Valley Papists: 2nd edition

The 240 page A5 format paperback second edition of Tony Hadland’s book is available from Mapledurham House. It tells the story of how Roman Catholicism survived in Berkshire and southern Oxfordshire during the nearly 300 years between Henry VIII’s break with Rome and the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1829. The new edition has a full-colour laminated cover, five maps, many line drawings and monochrome photographs, improved typography and incorporates feedback from the first addition and all corrections identified at the time of writing. The price is just £9.99 – buy at Mapledurham House or contact them via their website.

Thames Valley Papists: online edition

The whole book is now available online to download or read free of charge. The text is electronically searchable and pages are zoomable for ease of reading.

  1. Tony Harrison permalink

    Hi Tony
    I have been researching my wife’s family history which has led me back to the Hyde’s of Hyde End during the 18th century and have transcribed a number of wills of the family are you interested

  2. I am currently reading “Thames Valley Papists” and can hardly put it down. I live in Seattle, Washington but I was born in London in 1939 and grew up in Oxfordshire before my family emigrated to Canada in 1951. My grandmother’s family lived in the Shirburn area going back to the 1600’s. My grandfather’s family was from Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Before we left for Canada, my brother and I attended Stonor School, probably in 1948 or 1949, and then I attended Sacred Heart School in Henley-on-Thames. We were Roman Catholic through our father, who was Irish. Thank you for this wonderful, informative, easy-to-read book.

    • Hi Patricia,
      Thanks very much for your kind words. I’m delighted you are enjoying the book and thank you for taking the trouble to write.
      Al the best,

  3. Claire permalink

    Hello Mr Hadland – I came across your site looking for information on Our Lady of Caversham and I have added a link to your site from mine. Hope that is OK – I was very impressed with your research. Regards Claire

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