Peter Ditchfield

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Peter Hempson Ditchfield
Peter Hempson Ditchfield

(1854-04-20)20 April 1854
Died16 September 1930(1930-09-16) (aged 76)
Resting placeBarkham
EducationRoyal Grammar School, Clitheroe, Oriel College, Oxford
Alma materOriel College, Oxford
OccupationPriest, historian, editor
Known forEnglish local history

Rev. Peter Hempson Ditchfield, FSA (1854–1930) was a Church of England priest, an historian and a prolific author.[1] He is notable for having co-edited three Berkshire volumes of the Victoria County History which were published between 1907 and 1924.


Ditchfield was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire in 1854.[1] He was schooled at the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and studied at Oriel College, Oxford.[1] He was ordained deacon in 1878 and priest in 1879.[1] Ditchfield served his title as curate of St Michael's parish church, Sandhurst until 1880, followed by a second curacy at Christ Church, Reading, Berkshire.[1]

Ditchfield was appointed Rector of Barkham in 1886: a post that he held until his death.[1] From 1886 until 1903 Ditchfield was Inspector of Schools for the Diocese of Oxford.[1]

In 1898 Ditchfield married the daughter of Charles Smith of Ravenswood, Berkshire.[1]

Ditchfield was an historian and a prolific author.[1] He also co-edited with W.H. Page three Berkshire volumes of the Victoria County History, which were published in 1907, 1923 and 1924.

Ditchfield was Secretary of the Berkshire Archaeological Society for 38 years until 1929, when he became its president.[1] He edited the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Archaeological Journal from 1897 until his death.[1]

Ditchfield was a Freemason.[1] He was Grand Chaplain of the Freemasons of England in 1917 and of the Mark Masons in 1918.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Families: Rev. Peter Ditchfield". Arborfield Local History Society. Retrieved 8 July 2010.

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