Volume X is the seventh volume of the Victoria History of Shropshire to be published, and
the sixth since the revival of the project outlined in the Editorial Note to Volume VIII
(1968). The partnership between the Shropshire County Council (with the continued
support of the Walker Trust) and the University of London continued until 1994, local
supervision of the History's work being devolved by the Council's Leisure Services Committee on the Victoria County History Advisory Board. Mr. N. L. Pickering chaired the
Committee and the Board from 1985 to 1993 when he was succeeded in both capacities by
Mr. R. K. Austin, chairman of the Board 1993-4.
In 1994, a new partnership was formed to manage the Shropshire History: the University
of Keele agreed to employ the local editorial staff with financial assistance from the
Shropshire County Council, editorial control and other responsibilities remaining, as before,
with the University of London. In 1994 the University of Keele formed a new Advisory
Board on which the three partners were represented, and Mr. J. H. Y. Briggs became its
chairman, Mr. Austin its vice-chairman. In 1997 Dr. J. R. Studd succeeded Professor
Briggs. For thus securing a continuance of work on the Shropshire History for a further
period of years the University of London records its gratitude to the University of Keele and
the Shropshire County Council and also to Professor B. E. F. Fender, C.M.G., then
Vice-Chancellor of Keele, and Mr. J. L. Hirst, then County Leisure Services Officer, for
their successful endeavours to this end. Work on the present volume has also received the
generous support of Bridgnorth District Council and Mr. T. S. Acton.
Of the local staff mentioned in the Editorial Note to Volume IV (1989) Mr. G. C. Baugh,
County Editor, and Dr. D. C. Cox, Assistant County Editor, have continued in post. Dr. P.
A. Stamper, Assistant County Editor since 1981, took up a new appointment in 1992. Mrs.
J. M. Day continued until 1995 as part-time secretary, also undertaking some research. Her
predecessor, Mrs M. B. Key, typed the index. Mr. P. B. Hewitt began to work voluntarily
for the History in 1992.
For help given during the preparation of this volume thanks are offered to the Hereford
Diocesan Registrar and to the staffs of the Hereford and Worcester Record Office, Hereford,
under Miss D. S. Hubbard; the Natural and Historic Environment Group (Shropshire
County Council Environment Department) under Mr. H. O. Thomas, especially Miss P. A.
Ward; the Local Studies Library, Shrewsbury, under Mr. A. M. Carr; the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England at Keele, under Mr. P. Everson; Shropshire
Libraries, especially the Information Service under Elaine Moss and those at headquarters;
the Shropshire Record Office successively under Mrs. L. B. Halford (now Mrs. K. Roberts)
and Miss R. E. Bagley; the Staffordshire Record Office and William Salt Library, Stafford,
successively under Dr. D. V. Fowkes and Mrs. D. M. A. Randall; and the Department of
Manuscripts and Records of the National Library of Wales. Special mention too must be
made of the invaluable practical assistance afforded over several years by Mrs. P. A. Downes,
town clerk of Much Wenlock, and by the town council's archivists, the late Mr. V. H.
Deacon and his joint successors Miss M. Furbank and Mr. O. G. McDonald. As so often in
the past Mr. J. B. Lawson, Shrewsbury School Librarian, and Dr. B. S. Trinder have given
much generous help, as has Mrs. M. Moran. Mr. M. W. Greenslade and Mr. D. A. Johnson
are thanked for their help in checking materials in Stafford at a late stage in the preparation
of the volume. Thanks are also owed to Professor C. R. Elrington, who after his retirement
as General Editor of the Victoria History in 1994 continued to help with the editing of the
volume, and to those landowners (in particular Lord Forester and Sir Michael Leighton) and
private householders who have courteously given access to their property and muniments.
Many others who have helped with particular articles or sources of information are named in
Lines by Louis MacNeice on page 5 are quoted (from his Collected Poems, published by
Faber & Faber, 1966) by permission of David Higham Associates.
The General Introduction to the History (1970) and its Supplement 1970-90 (1990) outline
the structure, aims, and progress of the series as a whole.
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showing topographical volumes published and in progress 1998. In addition to the topographical volumes shown above as published and in progress, four
general volumes have appeared: I (Natural History, Early Man, Romano-British Shropshire,
Domesday, Ancient Earthworks, Industries, Forestry; 1908), II (Ecclesiastical Organization,
Religious Houses, Schools, Sport, Population Table; 1973), III (County Government,
Parliamentary Representation; 1979), and IV (Agriculture; 1989). A fifth general volume,
V (Architecture), is in progress.