The preparation of this volume, the eighth in the Oxfordshire set of the Victoria History
to be published, was initiated at a time when the Oxfordshire Victoria County History
Committee, as described in the Editorial Note to the History of Oxfordshire, Volume III,
was still in being. That Committee was dissolved in 1965 and a new partnership was
thereupon concluded between the University of London and the Oxfordshire County
Council, similar to those referred to in the Editorial Notes to the Victoria History of
Gloucestershire, Volume VI, and the Victoria History of Shropshire, Volume VIII. The
County Council set up an Advisory Sub-Committee charged with local responsibility.
Over this committee the late Ivo Murray, 20th Lord Saye and Sele, presided until
1966, when he was succeeded by Mr. C. J. Peers. To the funds provided by the County
Council the City of Oxford, the University of Oxford, and several institutions and
individuals have added contributions. The University of London here places on record
its sincere appreciation of the generous attitude displayed by the Oxfordshire County
Council and other contributors.
Mrs. M. D. Lobel continued as local editor after the transfer to the County Council,
and Mr. Alan Crossley and Mrs. Mary Jessup continued as her assistants. Mrs. Lobel
retired after seventeen years' service at the end of 1965 and took up other work. She
was succeeded in 1966 by Mr. Crossley. Mr. T. G. Hassall became Assistant Local
Editor in 1966 and on his resignation in 1967 was succeeded by Miss Hilary L. Turner.
All of these have in varying degrees played their part in compiling and editing the
present volume. The text was originally written under the supervision of Mrs. Lobel,
but the revising and final editing of it were carried out by Mr. Crossley and his assistants.
Thanks are gratefully rendered to many institutions and private persons who granted
access to documents in their care. Among these special mention must be made of the
governing bodies of New College and of Oriel and Trinity Colleges, the Librarian and
staff of the Bodleian Library, the incumbents of parishes included in the volume, the
Oxfordshire County Archivist and his assistants, the Bishop and the Dean and Chapter
of Lincoln, the Archivist of the Lincolnshire Record Office, and the late Ivo Murray,
Lord Saye and Sele.
Much valued advice was given by Mr. H. M. Colvin on architecture and by Mr.
P. S. Spokes on heraldry and photography. In the gathering of material Mrs. H. M. Colvin, Mrs. Mary Gott, Miss Katherine Price, Mrs. N. E. Selwyn, and Mrs. Frances
Walsh performed notable services. All these are likewise sincerely thanked.