ALTHOUGH some considerable amount of labour has been
expended in the past on the history and archæology of Buckinghamshire, the only serious attempt to compile a complete
history of the county was made by George Lipscomb in The
History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham, published in four
volumes in 1847, some months after the death of its author. Perhaps
not quite equal to our best county histories, it is yet a work of great
value; and taking into consideration the difficulties of access to records
at the time it was compiled it shows a praiseworthy industry on the
part of its compiler. In connection with the historians of the county
mention cannot be omitted of Browne Willis, although his claim to be
considered an historian is not confined to the county. As a Buckinghamshire man his chief interests nevertheless lay in the county, and in 1755
he published his History and Antiquities of the Town, Hundred and Deanery
of Buckingham, where, as in his other works, may be discerned the use of
original sources of information, the value of which, as the foundation of
all history, he was one of the first local historians to recognize.
Owing to his intention of leaving the county, the Rev. F. W.
Ragg, M.A., has been unable to undertake the editorship of the
volumes of the Victoria County History for Buckinghamshire, as
had been arranged, although with his local knowledge he has given
much valuable assistance. In like manner, by reason of his many
engagements, Mr. A. Heneage Cocks, M.A., F.S.A., was prevented
from fulfilling his promise of writing the article on Early Man.
To his late colleague, Mr. H. A. Doubleday, the general editor
wishes to express his obligations for the revision of articles and work
on the Victoria County History done up to the time of Mr. Doubleday's retirement. For the use of blocks for illustrations in this volume
the general editor has to thank Mr. A. Morley Davies, B.Sc., F.G.S.,
the proprietors of the Home Counties Magazine, and the Council of the
Society of Antiquaries.