1 Sections in each parish are in the order: Introduction; Ecclesiastical Buildings; Secular
2 The account of each parish is prefixed by a number which is repeated on the accompanying
map (Fig. 1).
3 A reference number is printed before the account of each monument. This number appears
on the map of that area of the parish which is most populated. Monuments outside this area are
given national grid references.
4 The twenty-four parishes are shown on 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey sheets 141, 142.
5 Constructions since 1850 have usually been termed 'modern'.
6 Churches are normally described in the order E. to W. and N. to S., repetitive features such
as arcades and windows being numbered in the same order. Dates in the description of
memorials are those of the deaths of the persons commemorated, as recorded; surnames in
brackets are maiden names. Proper names are recorded as they appear on the memorials or
other objects but otherwise the normally accepted spelling has been adopted.
7 Plans are either hatched to indicate the dates of construction or shown in black for original
walls and in outline for later walls.
8 For monuments not readily orientated to a cardinal point a conventional N. point has
sometimes been assumed.
9 Unless otherwise described, walls are of rubble; roofs are gabled and covered with stone
slates; mullioned windows are ovolo-moulded; and date-stones are understood to indicate date
of construction. Only doorways and windows of interest are described.
10 Class references in the accounts of most houses are designed to avoid repetitive
descriptions; the classes are explained in the Sectional Preface (see Classification of Post-medieval
Houses; Fig. 5).
11 Heraldry in the Inventory is listed under the patronymic only but is blazoned in a separate
12 Where access to certain church fittings has proved difficult, descriptions have been quoted
from published sources where these are believed to be reliable: e.g. North (for bells).
Churchyard monuments have not been recorded in detail.
13 A glossary of architectural terms at the end of the volume contains only those terms which
are used in the Inventory and for which an insufficient definition is given in the Concise Oxford
Dictionary, 7th ed. (1982).