In compiling the Fasti of Chichester cathedral I have gained immeasurably from
the help and inspiration of the editors of three books that have been under way at
the same time as my own work. Dr Mary Hobbs, the cathedral Librarian, allowed
me to call on her expertise in matters concerning all aspects of the history of
Chichester as general editor of the collaborative volume, Chichester Cathedral:
an Historical Survey, published in November 1994. Dr David Jones provided me
with the texts of St Richard's charters in advance of the publication of his
collection, Saint Richard of Chichester: the Sources for his Life, which came out
as volume lxxix of the Sussex Record Series in September 1995. Dr Susan Kelly
has kindly given me a copy of the complete draft of her forthcoming Charters of
Selsey, to be issued as number vi in the series of Anglo-Saxon Charters published
by the British Academy. The sharing of scholarship and the generous enthusiasm
of these three editors has been invaluable: I thank them most warmly.
At the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester the staff have been unfailingly
helpful and patient: in particular I am grateful to Mrs Alison McCann and Mr
Peter Wilkinson for the personal interest they took in making records available
for my studies. Thanks are also due to fellow researchers who sent me references
to Chichester documents and clergy, especially Ms Philippa Hoskin, Professor Jane
Sayers, Dr Richard Sharpe and Dr Nicholas Vincent.
In the final stages of preparing this volume for publication, I was fortunate in
being able to call upon the type-setting skills of my colleague Miss Olwen Myhill,
to whom I am greatly indebted for her meticulous attention to detail.