The Editors are desirous of expressing their thanks to Mr. C. W. Sutton,
M.A., Mr. Ernest Axon, and Mr. H. T. Crofton, for their assistance
with regard to the history of Manchester and in many other ways; and
in addition to those whose help has been acknowledged in previous
volumes they desire to record their obligations to the following: The
Earl of Wilton, the Earl of Ellesmere, Sir Humphrey de Trafford, bart.,
Mr. T. H. Davies-Colley, Mr. H. T. Folkard, F.S.A., Mr. S. Mills,
Mr. J. J. Phelps, and the Town Clerks and Librarians of Eccles and
For the use of plans and for information regarding the architecture
of the county, the Editors are indebted to the late Mr. Alfred Darbyshire,
F.S.A., Mr. John Douglas, Mr. Harold Gibbons, Mr. A. Corbett and
the Manchester Society of Architects, Mr. Frank Oakley, Mr. George
Pearson, Mr. R. Basnett Preston, and Mr. Henry Taylor, F.S.A.
For the use of photographs for illustrations the Editors desire to
express their obligations to Mr. Fletcher Moss, J.P., and Mr. James Watts
for permission to reproduce those of Chetham's Hospital in Mr. Moss's
'Pilgrimages to Old Homes,' to Mr. A. E. H. Blackburn, and also to the
Editor of the Manchester City News for the block of Platt Hall.
Owing to unforeseen circumstances the publication of this volume
has been delayed, and although an attempt has been made to bring
the information up to the date of finally going to press, it has been
impossible to do so in every instance.
It should be noted that the class of documents at the British Museum
here cited as 'Norris Deeds' has been re-named 'Aston Hall Charters.'
The Towneley Manuscripts denominated G G and R R are in the British
Museum; C C is in the Chetham Library.