Clergy of the Church of England Database (CCEd)

Project start date: 2000-09 Project end date: 2009-10
The Clergy of the Church of England Database aimed to construct a relational database containing the careers of all clergymen of the Church of England between 1540 and 1835. The Database brings together evidence about clerical careers from all 27 dioceses of England and Wales, which are held at 28 diocesan repositories and 23 other archives and libraries. The Database fills a major gap in our knowledge of one of the most important professions in early modern England and Wales, and takes advantage of new technology to provide an invaluable research tool for both national and local historians who often need to discover biographical information about individual clergymen. As the Database is designed in such a way as to enable a wide variety of data retrieval and analyses. Historians and others can establish the succession of clergy in particular localities, trace individual career paths as they cross diocesan boundaries, and investigate such issues as patterns of clerical migration and patronage across geographical and chronological blocs of their choice. Thus, rather than containing a series of prose biographies, the database records information about clerical careers in interlinked tables, and consequently is well-suited to facilitate not only biographical research, but also more structural investigations of the Church, its clergy, its livings and patrons.
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Methods usedCategory
Accessibility analysisStrategy and project management
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
CollatingData analysis
CollocatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
Data modellingData structuring and enhancement
DocumentationStrategy and project management
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
PreservationStrategy and project management
Record linkagesData analysis
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Searching and queryingData analysis
Server scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Usability analysisStrategy and project management
Use of existing digital dataData capture
Web browser scriptingData publishing and dissemination
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
  • Filemaker
  • MySQL
  • Oxygen XML Editor
Source material used:  
Data arose from documents (manuscripts) held at a significant number of record offices and archives around England. (see list at http://www.theclergydatabase.org.uk/reference/sources.html)
Digital resource created:  
The Clergy of the Church of England Database aimed to construct a relational database containing the careers of all clergymen of the Church of England between 1540 and 1835. The Database brings together evidence about clerical careers from all 27 dioceses of England and Wales, which are held at 28 diocesan repositories and 23 other archives and libraries.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Metadata standards employed: 
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
Publications:  
Arthur Burns, Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor, ‘Counting the clergy: the CCEd and the limitations of a prosopographical tool’, in Prosopography approaches and applications. A handbook, ed. K. S. B. Keats-Rohan (Prosopographica et Genealogica, 13, Oxford: P&G, 2007), pp. 275–89.

Arthur Burns, Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor, ‘Reconstructing clerical careers: the experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 55 (2004), 726–37.

Arthur Burns, Kenneth Fincham and Stephen Taylor, ‘The historical public and academic archival research: the experience of the Clergy of the Church of England Database’, Archives, 27 (2002), 110–19.

A. Burns, ‘Collecting the Clergy’, The King’s College London Report, 10 (2002), 40–3.

Burns, ‘Collecting the Clergy’, In Touch, Autumn 2002, pp. 26–7 (King’s College London alumnus magazine).

Arthur Burns, ‘In and out of the archives: some reflections on the diocesan records of the Church of England since the Reformation’, October 2004.

Bradley, John and Harold Short (2005). “Texts into databases: the Evolving Field of New-style Prosopography” in Literary and Linguistic Computing Vol. 20 Suppl. 1:3-24.

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
King's College London
University of Kent
University of Reading

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Professor Kenneth Fincham, Prof Stephen Taylor, Prof Arthur Burns
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:A large number (approx 150) of volunteers collected data from archives across the country


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Author(s) of recordJohn Bradley
TitleClergy of the Church of England Database (CCEd)
Record created2010-11-04
Record updated2010-11-04 11:51
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