1. Sections in each parish are in the order: Topographical Introduction; Ecclesiastical
Buildings; Secular Buildings; Earthworks and Cultivation Remains.
2. The account of each parish is prefixed by a number which is repeated on the map in
3. A reference number is printed before the account of each monument. This
number appears on the specially-drawn map of the inhabited area of the parish; these
maps have been taken from the available sheets of the O.S. 25 ins. maps which have not
been revised for modern detail. Monuments outside this area are also given national grid
4. Appropriate map-sheets (Ordnance Survey, 6 ins. to the mile) are listed at the head of
the parish account; small letters prefixed to the sheet numbers and to the monument
numbers indicate the sheet on which each monument appears.
5. Constructions since 1850 have usually been termed 'modern' unless their character
warrants a more precise dating.
6. The plans are either hatched to indicate dates of construction or, particularly those
of timber-framed buildings, are shown in black for original walls and in outline for
7. 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
descriptions 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. Church plate is of silver unless otherwise described.
8. For monuments not readily orientated to a cardinal point a conventional N. point
has sometimes been assumed.
9. For brevity, a roof described as 'tiled' implies a covering of plain tiles; buildings
having 'exposed timber-framing' infers a plaster infilling flush with the studwork; unqualified 'timber-framing' indicates an outer skin of plaster on lath.
10. The Class references in the accounts of certain monuments are designed to avoid
repetitive descriptions; the classes are explained in the Sectional Preface (Houses p. xliv;
Moats p. xxxiii).
11. The description of all heraldry before 1600 is included in the accounts of the
relevant monuments; subsequent heraldry is treated selectively.
12. A glossary of archaeological and 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 Consise Oxford Dictionary, 4th ed. (1951), reprinted with
revised addenda (1954).