Suggested Reading

The Rectory Society is constructing a listing of suggested reading of books that people may find of use or relevant to the world of rectories and vicarages whether historical, fictional or conservation linked. If you have other book suggestions to help us build our offering, please do let us know. See Contact Us page.


The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory
Deborah Alun-Jones, Thames & Hudson, 2013

More Tea Less Vicar! – How to survive living in an English Country Vicarage when you’re not the Vicar!
Jill Fraser, Brewin Books

History and Geography of English Religion: Rectories, Vicarages, Clergy, Chapels, Peculiars, Guilds and Chantries (Paperback)
Frank Hansford-Miller, Abcado, 1990

England’s 1000 Best Churches
Simon Jenkins, Penguin, 2000

England’s 1000 Best Houses
Simon Jenkins, Penguin, 2004

The English Parsonage in the Early 19th Century
Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Spire Books, 2008

The Old Rectory – The Story of the English Parsonage
Anthony Jennings

The Old Vicarage Much Wenlock
Marion Brettle, Ellingham Press, 2009

Church and Countryside
Tim Gibson, SCM Press, 2010

Tracing the History of Your House
Peter Bushell, Pavilion Books

Cathedrals of  The Church of England
Janet Gough, Heritage Publishers

Kate Tiller, Bloomsbury Shire Publications
ISBN: 9781784421373 or via Amazon

At Home – A Short History of Private Life
Bill Bryson, Transworld Publishers
ISBN: 9781784161873

Fulham Palace gardens. Credit to be given "Matthew Bruce".