This is the fifth volume to be produced as a result of the partnership between the
Somerset County Council and the University Institute of Historical Research.
That partnership is described in the Editorial Note to Volume III, which was
published in 1974. The County Council's responsibility for the Victoria History
of Somerset has, during the compilation of the present volume, been borne largely
by the Libraries, Museums and Records Committee and from 1998 by the
Information and Leisure Board under the successive chairmanship of Mr. A. W.
Cotton (1989-93), Dr. S. E. Openshaw (1993-5), and Mr. J. Farley (from
1995). The University here records its most sincere thanks for the generosity
with which the County Council has met and continues to meet the expense of
compiling the History, for the active enthusiasm of successive chairmen, and for
the notable support of Mr. J. K. Whitcutt, County Secretary and Solicitor until
1998, and of Mr. M. R. Jennings, Corporate Director, Education.
Many people have given valuable help in the preparation of this volume.
Those who were concerned with particular parishes are named in the footnotes to
those parishes: they are thanked most warmly. For more extensive help particular
thanks are offered to Mr. J. Bishton, Mr. A. Goverd, Miss A. Hickley, Miss S.
Maude, Mr. P. Nokes, Mr. M. Passmore, Mrs. M. Tyler, and members of the
East Somerset Archaeological Society. Thanks are also offered to the owners and
staffs of the private archives at Hadspen House (especially Mr. N. Hobhouse),
Horsington Manor (Mr. C. Bailward), King's School, Bruton, Sherborne castle
(especially Mrs. A. Smith), and Winchester College. Among the public libraries
and record offices to whose librarians or archivists and their staff the thanks of
the History are rendered for their active support, special mention must be made
of the Somerset Record Office, the Somerset Local Studies Library, the Dorset
Record Office, the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office (especially Mr. S. D.
Hobbs), and the Architectural and Historic Heritage section of the Somerset
County Council's Environment and Property Department.