The latest volume in the Thoroton Society Record Series, Newstead Abbey : a Nottinghamshire Country House: its Owners and Architectural History 1540-1931, by Rosalys Coope & Pete Smith, is unusual for a Record Series volume in that it is devoted to a single topic - the architectural history of Newstead Abbey over 800 years. However, it does include full transcripts of the extensive household inventories of fittings and furnishings of 1740 and 1778.

It gathers together in a single chronological narrative a series of articles on different phases of the Abbey’s architectural history written over a period of 35 years by architectural historian Dr Rosalys Coope and published in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society.  The opportunity has also been taken by Dr Coope - assisted by retired English Heritage officer Pete Smith - to revise and extend some of the original conclusions in the light of new research, particularly the evidence offered by newly identified drawings, paintings, and engravings (some even painted on Sevres dinner plates).

Andy Nicholson (January 2016)

Church Life in Georgian Nottinghamshire: Archbishop Drummond’s Parish Visitation Returns 1764, edited by Howard Fisher, was published in Spring 2013. The volume provides "transcripts of the individual Parish Returns for nearly the whole of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham - broadly coincident with the county of Nottinghamshire – during the visitation by Archbishop Drummond of York [in 1764] ... They shed invaluable light on the state of the Church of England in an East Midlands county in the Georgian period." Further details are here but please note that the book has now SOLD OUT.

Andy Nicholson (December 2013)

It is intended to publish the DVD edition of the coloured estate maps of William Senior, 1600-1640, as three 'volumes', the first of which will be an introduction and reproductions of the Welbeck atlas; this contains some 70 maps of the Earl of Newcastle's estates, mainly Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northumberland.  A DVD of the Chatsworth atlas will follow later and the final volume will be a reconstruction of the lost survey information from the Welbeck atlas presented as a conventional publication.

Further progress has been made with editing the estate accounts of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle relating to Welbeck Abbey and Nottingham Castle, etc. during the 1670s and 80s, and the projected history and gazetteer of Lost Churches and Chapels within the county.

Adrian Henstock (May 2009)

Transactions of the Thoroton Society

The Transactions appear annually in April to coincide with the Society's Annual General Meeting.

Thoroton Society Record Series

The Society publishes an occasional Record Series, printing major documentary sources of Nottinghamshire history held by local and national archive repositories. Forty-four volumes have been published since 1903.

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