The circumstances of the preparation of this volume, the ninth to be published in the
Oxfordshire set of the Victoria History, were the same as those described in the Editorial
Note to the History of Oxfordshire, Volume IX. The Advisory Sub-Committee, under
the chairmanship of Mr. C. J. Peers, has continued to supervise the compilation of the
Oxfordshire History, with funds provided by the County Council, the City of Oxford,
and the University of Oxford. The University of London again places on record its
appreciation of the generosity of those contributors.
The volume was begun under the editorship of Mrs. M. D. Lobel, who planned the
contents and commissioned the writing of the various sections by authors not on the
staff of the Oxfordshire History. Parts of the volume were written under Mrs. Lobel's
supervision before 1966 when she was succeeded as editor by Mr. Alan Crossley, who
saw to the completion of the text and the final editing. Dr. Hilary L. Turner resigned
as Assistant County Editor in 1968 and was succeeded in 1969 by Dr. Janet M. Cooper.
Mr. A. F. Butcher was appointed as an additional Assistant County Editor in 1970.
The General Introduction to the History (1970) outlines the structure and aims of the
series as a whole.
Thanks are gratefully rendered to many institutions and private persons who
granted access to documents in their care. Among them are to be mentioned in particular
the governing bodies of Christ Church, of New College, and of Brasenose, the Queen's,
and St. John's Colleges, the Librarian and staff of the Bodleian Library, the Oxfordshire County Archivist and his assistants, the Bishop and Dean and Chapter of Lincoln,
Banbury Public Library, Banbury Borough Corporation, the Duke of Marlborough,
Dr. E. R. C. Brinkworth, and the late Dr. T. Loveday. Much valued advice was given
by Mr. H. M. Colvin, C.B.E., F.B.A., on architecture and by Mr. P. S. Spokes on
heraldry, and Mrs. H. M. Colvin and Mrs. N. E. Selwyn gave much help in gathering
material, in particular for the sections on nonconformity and schools respectively; they
are likewise sincerely thanked.