Dr Trixie Gadd

Trixie GaddResearch Associate - Welfare, Conflict and Memory

Centre for English Local History


Contact Details

Current Activities

I am currently working on transcriptions of documents for the AHRC-funded project ‘Conflict, Welfare and Memory During and After the English Civil Wars, 1642-1710’ led by Professor Andrew Hopper (see www.civilwarpetitions.ac.uk).

Research Interests

I completed my PhD in October 2019 with a thesis entitled “Tis my lot by faith to be sustained”: Clerical prosperity in seventeenth-century Dorset. This drew on a wide range of source materials (parochial and episcopal administrative records, state papers, parish valuations, wills and inventories, records of oath taking and published sermons) and on thousands of miles of walks through the landscape of the entire county. Based on the resulting biographical database of over 2,500 individuals appointed to Dorset’s 289 parochial livings, the thesis paints a vivid picture of the turbulent ecclesiastical, economic, social and political contexts in which these parochial clergymen lived and worked, viewed through a close examination of the county’s diverse landscape and topography.
My ongoing personal research, inspired by the fact that several of my clergy subjects left musical instruments in their wills or inventories, is on informal music-making networks in seventeenth-century Dorset.
I work full-time as a freelance academic proof-reader, but still manage to find time for walking, running, paddle boarding, windsurfing, swimming and cycling around beautiful Dorset.


T. Gadd, ‘The impact of the landscape on the clergy of seventeenth-century Dorset’. In F. McCall (ed.), Church and People in Interregnum Britain (London, forthcoming).
T. Gadd, ‘Conflict and conciliation in the parish of St George, Gloucestershire, 1750–1850’, Midland History, 39 (2014), pp.69-89.

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